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1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1023 hours of work - Rebuilding all the mechanical bits

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I locked myself in the workshop for the weekend.  Got quite a bit done.  At present I'm still working during the week but if the situation worsens we might be sent home.  I wont be able to visit the car during that time so I'm putting extra effort in while I still can.

Started off fitting new bushes to all the suspension components.  Being independent front & rear there are lots of bushes and components.  Some of the bushes are a right pain to get back in but I managed them all in the end.  I'm fitting NOS ford bushes as I have loads of them and they came with the car.  Should have a nice smooth ride with the original rubber bushes.

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I then fished out the diff that I'd started working on last year.  I cleaned it out, checked over the condition and changed most of the oil seals.  Finished painted up a few bits, put it all back together and filled with oil.  It should be ok but if I have problems its only 5 bolts to remove it in future.

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With most of the parts ready I started to build the sub frames.  I wont be fully tightening the suspension bolts until everything is located in the car and sat on the wheels.  I also need to set up the rear alignment as its adjustable on the inner wishbone bolts near the diff.

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Fitted new front sub frame bushes into the chassis legs.  These have to be fitted at the correct orientation making sure the arrows line up with the marks on the chassis legs.

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Fitted the rear bump stops and tidied up the stone guard in the arches.

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Cleaned up various mechanical bits that couldn't be blasted and painted them.  Continued assembly after they dried fitting new Ford wheel bearings along the way.

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Also changed the CV joints on the half shafts and fitted.  Again the new joints are genuine Ford.

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The rear sub frame is now almost ready to go in the car.  I'll build the front one next and then fit them both to the car on the same day.

Popped into Sainsbury's after on Saturday night.  I was too late...

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On 11/3/2019 at 6:04 PM, TripleRich said:

I would love to see how they did the vinyl in the factory.  From what I can tell the roof they used was an exact fit to the car which meant no cutting required.  Dunno how they would have glued it down quickly though.  The vinyl roof was basically standard equipment on GLs & Ghias.

I saw a pic somewhere of the vinyl clipped into a rectangular frame which was then lowered onto a roof. I've no idea if this is how they were all done but it did seem quite a good method of getting it in the right position.

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17 minutes ago, Spottedlaurel said:

Fantastic work as ever, your knowledge and understaning of these things go together is remarkable.

Were they built this well when new?.........

Thanks!  Since I started working on classics 5 years ago I've built about 5 Consul/Granadas so have become quite familiar with them.  They were built  quite well mechanically from new and had a good reputation.  Body and trim on Mk1s can be a bit sloppy.  One of my trim pieces on the rear needed new mounting holes as the existing ones were very off.

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46 minutes ago, DSdriver said:

I saw a pic somewhere of the vinyl clipped into a rectangular frame which was then lowered onto a roof. I've no idea if this is how they were all done but it did seem quite a good method of getting it in the right position.

I'm sure there were various methods.  I found this the other day which is worth a watch.  GM in the 70s put about 3 or 4 guys on the job.  The vinyl looks to already be cut to size before its fitted.

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Ford's semi-trailing arm arrangement looks nicer than Nissan's efforts in the 1980s. They used box section which are really pretty damn heavy. 

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I don't have pictures anymore but when I rebuilt mine I slotted the other mounts, had a bracket welded on and fitted eccentric bolts for camber adjustment.

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10 hours ago, The Mighty Quinn said:

Which wheels are you fitting? All three types are fine looking.

I'll be going for standard GL spec which is the 'sport' wheels with a chrome embellisher around the rim.  They need to be overhauled but they are a decent set of 5 with not too much corrosion.  I may pick up at set of the alloys in future as I quite like those.  

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On 3/23/2020 at 7:23 PM, TripleRich said:

I'll be going for standard GL spec which is the 'sport' wheels with a chrome embellisher around the rim.  They need to be overhauled but they are a decent set of 5 with not too much corrosion.  I may pick up at set of the alloys in future as I quite like those.  

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That's how my parents' 2000 L's wheels were. Exterior wise it looked more like a GL as not only did it have the chrome wheel embellishers it also had the vinyl roof and front fog lights too. I learned this after I acquired a 1976 Ford brochure in the 1990s.

All the other Granadas I used to see around in the 1980s tended to be Ghias with the T bar auto. 

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Oddly, the last of the Mark I Granada base models (not even an L) used the original GXL type stainless hubcaps. A taxi driver I knew had one new, Roman bronze, tan cloth and a special order automatic - it had the twin choke Weber as opposed to the single choke carb on manuals. That 75 bhp version must have been like driving a Transit.

 

 

It looked as smart as any other Granada, RYA???R iirc.

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