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1975 Ford Granada Coupe - 1054 hours of work - Making new brake lines

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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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On 3/26/2020 at 9:54 AM, The Mighty Quinn said:

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

The estate’s also had stainless hubcaps, my estate is Roman Bronze with tan cloth but I will be fitting the sports steel wheels as I think they look great on Granada’s.

I got excited seeing this thread and was hoping to see an update but I suppose the workshop is locked down 🙁

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I've also finished the Ghia pictured a page or so ago.  Pleased with this one, I spent a lot of time cleaning red over spray off so many parts.  Lot of work to get the trim looking like it does now.  Requires a sunroof seal, mot and road test before returning to the customer.

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Hoped to move on to something different.  Nope, have a Mk2 Granada Sport instead...  Cheers!

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This one will be entertaining.  Customer took it apart 10 or so years ago.  Everything is knackered, nothing labelled, no pictures and 20% of the parts are missing...

We do restore other types of car, honest!

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We have plenty of facelift Mk2 Granada pictures on file from others we've dismantled in the past.  Very lucky, I'd be buggered otherwise.  Also have a contact with a Mk2 sport should I get into any issues.  We have parts on site but as yet I don''t know exactly whats missing.

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20 minutes ago, TripleRich said:

We do restore other types of car, honest!

I am a long way from being bored with looking at mk1 and 2 Granada’s ! Your work is fantastic and very interesting.

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On 5/24/2020 at 7:54 PM, TripleRich said:

I've reached a milestone.  The car is now back on it wheels which brings 3 years of sitting on body rollers and trolleys to an end.

First I built most of the front sub frame.  As usual everything is either new or overhauled.  The front springs are not much fun on these, have to be very careful and try not to scratch anything.

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Plenty more to fit but at this stage its easier to finish once installed on the car.  Fitting is very easy via 4 large bolts through the chassis legs.  After fitting I overhauled the front hubs, painted them and fitted new wheel bearings.  Below you can see the cleaned & painted stub axle just prior to fitting the hub.

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Next I installed the rear sub frame.  Both front and rear units are very heavy to handle so I ensured I had assistance with those particular jobs.  You can put them in alone but it takes much longer and you risk injury.  The dampers are original bilstein units in very good condition.  Gives the car a very soft ride just like they should be.  You can see I've some touch up to do on the stone guard from the trolley its been sitting on for over a year.

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The old Viking Norway tyres still hold air despite being 35 years old!  I'll be changing them when the car nears completion.  I will of course sort the wheels out at the same time.

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Continued to work through the mountain of parts left to fit.  I've done the rear brakes and installed the handbrake cable.  Will continue to work on the braking system and front sub frame next time.

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That looks stunning; the attention to detail is something else. The only thing I'm not 100% sold on is the vinyl roof,  but I get that you want to make it as factory accurate as possible. 

I think I mentioned it earlier in the thread somewhere,  but I still feel it's relevant - I wonder what percentage of car restoration companies would go to the lengths you've gone to in a 'nut and bolt restoration? I'm guessing 0.0000001%.

I'm so glad people like you, and the company you work for actually exist. 

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The original fuel tank is a right mess.  Despite being rotten its also quite beaten up/dented.  Luckily I was able to obtain a secondhand replacement that was clean inside.  On the outside it was the usual mix of stone guard and rust.

I've stayed a few nights this week and got the job sorted.  Removed all the loose rust and took the tank back to bare metal (about an hour of noise and mess).  These were never painted from factory, they just had a very thin e-coat or anodized finish which never lasted.

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Applied a rust treatment and left to cure.  Once compete the rust turns black.

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Coat of etch primer and then some silver enamel.  I usually stone guard customers tanks for max protection.  Decided on a less robust but more interesting finish for my own tank.  I also rinsed out any dirt that got into the tank during the process.

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Cleaned & painted the filler neck.  New old stock seals & sender have been fitted of course.  Being a face lift this car is fitted with a fuel return line hence the two outlets.  Early cars didn't have this which can lead to hot start & vapor lock problems on some models. 

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Fitted to the car with new tank straps and rubber pads to stop it rubbing the boot floor.  Not the easiest of jobs but I'm pleased with the result.  Contrasts nicely with the black stone guard on the body.  I'll tidy up the red over spray on the floor pan at a later date.

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The finishing touch

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Another job ticked off the list.  I'm getting closer to engine & gearbox with each day.  Will sort the fuel lines out this weekend.

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Awe-inspiring work, as ever. Great to see that you're still going through everything so thoroughly when there must be the temptation to quickly lob it together and see it complete.

Scanned this old photo in during the week, this seems like an appropriate place to put it:

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1974 Ford Granada 3.0 Ghia Coupe Auto GDA 460N (1990) by Spottedlaurel, on Flickr

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