Jump to content

1975 Ford Granada Coupe - First 1k miles achieved


TripleRich

Recommended Posts

I was running BP ultimate with Millers VSPe fuel additive when I broke down.  It still boiled but the engine was certainly running too hot.  Having a mechanical pump bolted to the site of the block doesn't exactly help.

Main goal is to get the engine temp down as  I don't like running cologne V6s hot.  They can't take the abuse like an essex, much more fragile.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

82 stat should help- I have an 82 in the Chieftain and that doesn't make too much heat into the carb, though the metal line that runs under the engine boils up where it's not in airflow from the fan. 

It's downright dirty but my solution is a low pressure, draw-through electric pump up by the tank that's on a switch under the dash. Generally it only needs it in really hot idling traffic or after the car's been sat up for a few minutes and the heat soak gets to the fuel. Since hooking that up I've had zero problems with new fuels.

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Does this vehicle run flow only, or flow-and-return to the tank?  If it's on flow only, adding a return to the tank would save a lot of vapour lock problems, as you're constantly flowing fuel around, meaning it doesn't have time to get too hot.

I know you're going for originality on this, but a small mod like that to allow compatability with modern fuels might be essential.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

2 hours ago, Talbot said:

Does this vehicle run flow only, or flow-and-return to the tank?  If it's on flow only, adding a return to the tank would save a lot of vapour lock problems, as you're constantly flowing fuel around, meaning it doesn't have time to get too hot.

I know you're going for originality on this, but a small mod like that to allow compatability with modern fuels might be essential.

Not if it was boiling in the float bowl... On a flow-only system your only hope is to pump enough liquid fuel to blow the vapor out and cool it down to the point the fuel remains liquid.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

41 minutes ago, PhilA said:

Not if it was boiling in the float bowl... On a flow-only system your only hope is to pump enough liquid fuel to blow the vapor out and cool it down to the point the fuel remains liquid.

True, but if there was a flow-and-return system in the first place, the fuel would likely enter the carb quite a bit cooler than if not, meaning you'd still be less likely to get vapour locks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 minute ago, Talbot said:

True, but if there was a flow-and-return system in the first place, the fuel would likely enter the carb quite a bit cooler than if not, meaning you'd still be less likely to get vapour locks.

It would help, certainly. If the body of the carburetor has absorbed that much heat there is a problem. Either inadequate airflow around it or it needs a shield to keep the radiated heat from the manifold off it.

Adding the factory option heat shield to mine helped immensely.

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

4 hours ago, JimH said:

The issue is clearly one of dwell time so the answer is to up the flow through the carb which is easily achieved by driving faster.

Officer.

I did try driving quite a bit faster to get more cool fuel in the carb but I think it was too little too late.  Many pops and bangs were had before it died at about 50mph.  Handy as I could just roll to the nearest farm gate and stop.

It already has a fuel return and the fuel boiled as a result of the engine just getting too hot.  I'd rather it cut out and vapor lock before actually overheating in a cloud of steam and head gaskets.  Its only a little engine so I expect the fuel in the float bowl lasts quite a while.  I can help cool the carb by fitting a spacer block between it and the inlet.   

20201107_193324.thumb.jpg.2ecff425cc921c9a58e1e65c35126890.jpg20201110_200424.thumb.jpg.f15a0b060f84b6b1652aff1f5ff89105.jpg

Fitting a revotec fan or similar is an option but the thermostat just opens too late for the cooling system to do anything.  I'd just be cooling a radiator that's not being allowed to flow into the engine.  Since wedging the thermostat open it runs cold at the bottom of the gauge.  I can't even get a quarter on the gauge in stationary afternoon traffic.  

I'll do the thermostat and progress from there.  Think I have a spacer block for the carb in my pile of bits so will try that if I continue to get problems with a stat fitted.  

Link to comment
Share on other sites

20 hours ago, PhilA said:

Yeah, a nice phenolic block to reduce heat transfer from the manifold to the carb should help. I would've thought it was a continental offering from Ford.

From hazy memories of my Scimitar with the same engine, if they didn’t come as standard with a phenolic block then they were often substituted, as it got bloody hot in the cramped engine bay surrounded by fibreglass bodywork.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Lankytim said:

Wrap the fuel pipes in foil?

That works quite well, there's fireproof orange jacketing that's used on piston engine aircraft for the same reason too which is highly effective.

products_194552_5fbb1959c3ca55b2f806a397b7588a2c.jpeg.aa6ac6a93a07089cfb35b8528b139988.jpeg

This kinda stuff too.

 

Phil

Link to comment
Share on other sites

What fuel are you using?  Another member had vaporisation issues with his SD1 and they seemed to improve by changing from premium unleaded to regular.

The reason for this is super unleaded has acetone in it and is more inclined to evaporate in hot temperatures.  Maybe try some regular stuff while it’s hot, you never know it might save having to strip things down.

EDIT - just read previous page which suggested Esso super has no ethanol in it so maybe that ones ok.  Either way try and find out which ones have ethanol / acetone in them, and avoid those that do

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • TripleRich changed the title to 1975 Ford Granada Coupe - First 1k miles achieved

I fitted an 82 stat on Friday night before the show.  I forgot how tricky these are to blead but I got there eventually.  You always get a nasty airlock in the heater matrix on mk1s when the coolant is drained.  Ford fitted a blead valve in the affected hose on later cars.

20210730_193336.thumb.jpg.d3a9d482608c5d22541652455e77d2a3.jpg

Ran it round the block a few times and the temp stayed at half, with the 87 stat it would sit at 2 thirds or more.   

Set off the following morning on the 70 odd mile trip to FOTU.  Performed really well on the A1 with the temp sitting at half or slightly under.  Cruised at 70 running about 3k rpm thanks to 5th gear.  Plenty of stop start traffic too and it wasn't bothered.  I turned it off a few times in the queue to get in and it fired straight back up each time.  That should be an end to any vapor locks issues, queue was quite handy to test that on reflection.

IMG-20210731-WA0005.thumb.jpg.40c839456a22c5facc6cb62f9601089d.jpg

A quick wax and rough clean of the engine bay to get rid of the water stains from the previous evening's thermostat fun and we're sorted.

20210731_102633.thumb.jpg.72658f5446d4a9dd16320932bb1acdf6.jpg20210731_134330.thumb.jpg.8b7ea3fae227448c7dbf6b5a7970fdcf.jpg

On the way back I passed the 1k mile mark since the restoration.  I've not had any major issues and the car has gained my trust.  I'll thin out the tool kit in the boot now!  

20210730_192955.thumb.jpg.2f3633f135069c19bfd34e3f6b14b7c8.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good news!  The sun has revived the original dealer sticker in the back window.  When I put the window in this looked really brown and washed out.  Slowly over the past couple of months it's been coming back to life in the sun.  No idea how that that works but I'm pleased.

20210804_172255.thumb.jpg.f4cbd18bd79c87589e3e9c738dd3936e.jpg

Here it is with a colleagues Maxi, doing our best to bring some style to the otherwise modern car park.  Maxi gives the Granada a good run for its money on the twisty roads.  Good fun!

20210802_133700.thumb.jpg.0ef84c7a18928bcfeb18e9cb4710d121.jpg   

Done another 150 miles or so since the show.  Still running well and I make sure to give it a good workout each time without thrashing it.  Getting about 28mpg, on a run driving gentle I should be able to get 30 out of it. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, Talbot said:

That's remarkable.  I thought the official fuel consumption figures for a 2.3 granada were in the low 20s, and even that was if driven carefully.

I did just over 200 miles on a mix of roads and used 33 litres of fuel.  I'm sure 5th gear is really helping the figures.

A German roadtest of a 2.3 Granada got 32 mpg on a long run at a constant speed.  Around town it was right down in the low 20s.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 5 weeks later...

375 miles covered since the last post.  I put the daily driver in the garage and used the Granada instead.  Its been very enjoyable and I've been keeping a close eye on how its doing.

Since FOTU I've noticed a very slight hesitation just as you get on the throttle.  It only existed in 3rd gear going from a 30 to a 60 and was barely noticeable so I didn't think too much of it.  Last week on the way to work it turned into a more severe splutter/ hesitation at various speeds.  Only when slightly on the throttle and you could just power through it.

Knew it wasn't right so decided to take a look. 

20210904_111755.thumb.jpg.7d61c185b3eff2f5291cea9288d7aa69.jpg

First thing I found was a slight vacuum leak from the line running between the carb and the airbox.  The airbox is very old so I wasn't surprised, blocked it off and adjusted the tune.  

20210904_111747.thumb.jpg.17ab7cf7834471098ed85e38d975c80d.jpg

Went for a drive and it wasn't that so I set to looking at the ignition as its running points and a host of ancient NOS components.

The points were starting to pit a fair bit.  I'd expect them to be better than that given the mileage.  Usually means a bad condenser so I replaced both. 

20210904_122848.thumb.jpg.29610fa1b4f86e2d17575c82be857fe0.jpg

I gapped the points and set the dwell.  Handy to have this book as a cologne engine with points wasn't available on UK Granada's.  It should be 38 degrees according to this.

20210904_132012.thumb.jpg.d92aefd34f45db16bb9060509f81e29d.jpg

Went for a drive and it wasn't that so I decided the swap the coil.  A weak one can cause issues with acceleration and while I had my doubts it only takes a minute to test.  Went for a drive and sure enough it wasn't that so I changed the spark plugs just to be sure and it wasn't those either.

I'd been thinking fuel for a while but didn't investigate as the fuel system is spotless and has been filtered since day one.  The filter is before the pump for max protection and the pump is a new item.

With the ignition system out of the picture it must be fuel related so I took the carb top off and removed the float to check the jets.

20210905_193313.thumb.jpg.cabed64d1e7e4c3a9fa5598c09c3f2f6.jpg

Wedged in one of the main jets was what looked like some blue gasket sealer.

20210905_193348.thumb.jpg.48aec9c25f005d880d9d415c61879afc.jpg

No idea where that came from as I didn't use any on the restoration but there it is.

20210905_193408.thumb.jpg.c40b5865d63fa29386d09536862a4fa4.jpg

The rest of the carb was squeaky clean so I put everything back together and went for a drive.  It was indeed that starving the engine for fuel.  I reckon I've picked up 15HP!

It's always something stupid and I'm glad to have found it relatively quickly.  I'll use the car again next week.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By Zelandeth
      Well I've been meaning to sign up here in forever, but kept forgetting. Thanks to someone over on another forum I frequent poking me about it recently the subject was forced back into my very brief attention span for long enough to get me to act on the instruction.

      I figure that my little varied fleet might bring you lot some amusement...

      So...we've got:

      1993 Lada Riva 1.5E Estate (now fuel injected, as I reckon the later cars should have been from the factory...).
      1989 Saab 900i Automatic.
      1987 Skoda 120LX 21st Anniversary Special Edition.
      1985 Sinclair C5.
      2009 Peugeot 107 Verve.

      Now getting the photos together has taken me far longer than I'd expected...so you're gonna get a couple of photos of each car for now, and I'll come back with some more information tomorrow when I've got a bit more time...

      Firstly...The Lada. Before anyone asks - in response to the single question I get asked about this car: No, it is not for sale. Took me 13 years and my father's inheritance to find the thing.


      Yes, it's got the usual rusty wings...Hoping that will be resolved in the next couple of months.

       






      Next, a proper old Saab. One of the very last 8 valve cars apparently, and all the better for it. I've driven two 16v autos and they were horrible - the auto box works sooooo much better with the torque curve of the 8 valve engine. Just wish it had an overdrive for motorway cruising...









      Next up a *real* Skoda...back when they put the engine where it belongs, right out the back. In the best possible colour of course...eye-searingly bright orange.







      Seat covers have been added since that photo was taken as it suffers from the usual rotting seat cloth problem that affects virtually all Estelles.

      Then we have possibly the world's scruffiest Sinclair C5...



      Realised when looking for this that I really need to get some more photos of the thing...I use it often enough after all! We have a dog who's half husky, so this is a really good way of getting him some exercise.

      Finally - again, I really need to take more photos of - we have the little Pug 107.



      Included for the sake of variety even if it's a bit mainstream! First (and probably to be the only) new car I've bought, and has been a cracking little motor and has asked for very little in return for putting up with nearly three years of Oxford-Milton Keynes commuter traffic, before finally escaping that fate when my housemate moved to a new job. Now it doesn't do many miles and is my default car for "when I've managed to break everything else."

      I'll fill in some more details tomorrow - I warn you though that I do tend to ramble...
    • By BorniteIdentity
      This week, for the first time ever, I felt old. I have sciatica which swaps from one side to the other, arthritis in one hand and what I think is the beginnings of IBS. On top of that it took me 2 weeks to remember a registration number that once would take me 2 seconds, and I forgot my parent's wedding anniversary.

      I'm only 32.

      Shit. No I'm not. I'm 33. I forgot that too. (Genuinely)

      So, it's about time I committed some of my tales to paper. Well, a shonky server... but that's the best you can do in 2016.

      First up, a list of the cars I've owned (as best as I can remember) in chronological order.

      Main Cars
      1985 VW Polo Formel E. C158 TRT. This was given to me even before I passed my test.

      1991 Rover Metro S. J801 TAC. Bought about 3 months after I passed my test as I was convinced the Polo was about to shit its gearbox.

      1987 Volvo 360 GLT. D899 CBJ ___ Managed three months in a Metro before the small car and smaller petrol tank became a bore.



      Ford Mondeo and Honda Civic Coupe by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Ford Mondeo Zetec. V384 DBJ. Still the most I've ever spent on a car. It was 3 years old and cost, from memory, about £8,000. Just think of the Rover R8s you could buy with that now!

      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI 8v by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI D79 CVV. I very nearly bought a MK1 Golf 1.1 but was persuaded, by my father amusingly, to buy this one from a different friend. From memory I gave about £500 for it, and sold it to some racers later that year for about £300. Amusingly, 16 year later I'd sell the Hartge wheels that came with the car for £530.

      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis CDX. V781 GDP. By far the best car I've ever had. Bought in 2002 for £5300, it had previously been a company car at British Telecom. I ran it from 62,000 to 174,000 before it became surplus to requirements. A German chap bought it on ebay for about £500 and drove over to collect it. Hero.

      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2001 Ford Mondeo Zetec. Y821 EEB. I should have loved this car. I gave £500 for it in 2008 which was stupidly cheap by anybody's standards. It needed 4 tyres (which actually was nice to pick good ones for once) and a coil spring. Sadly, it was just bill after bill after bill. I sold it and promised to never own another Ford. I nearly succeeded.

      1998 Nissan Almera by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1998 Nissan Almera GX Auto. S58 NLO. My late Grandfather's car and, upon reflection, my first proper attempt at bangernomics. I bought it for £500 in 2008 from the estate and ran it for well over a year and 30,000 miles. It was also my first automatic which, whilst a bit dumb, did lock up into overdrive and give a good 36 mpg no matter how it was driven.

      2004 Ford Fiesta 1.25 LX and 2006 Ford Focus 2.0 Ghia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Ford Fiesta Zetec. AG53 BWL. My wife's car which I ran for a couple of years when I bought her a Focus as a wedding gift.

      2003 Rover 75 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2003 Rover 75 Club SE. AX53 BFA. This is where my career as a serial car buyer really began. Ignoring all of the warning signs I decided to press a K Series into a daily 100 mile commute, which it did with aplomb. This wasn't actually the car I set out to buy, the one I'd agreed to buy OVERHEATED ON THE FORECOURT whilst I was doing the paperwork. Consequently I couldn't leave fast enough and bought a different car later that day.

      2004 Toyota Avensis T30-X by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      2004 Toyota Avensis T3-X. KT53 DWZ. Sensible head back on, I decided to get back into something I trusted when my 3rd son was born. This was a lovely car, but not without its problems. The VVTi oil burning issues are well documented and do frequently occur. Ironically, this was less reliable than the Rover it replaced! Despite fearing the worst and 3 months off the road, the new owner has just MOTd it.

      1999 Toyota Avensis SR by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1999 Toyota Avensis SR. V263 GDP. Back into bangernomics territory again. The last MK1 Avensis I had was the best car I'd ever had, so I hoped to replicate it with another T22 Avensis. This one came up for sale in my favourite (and rare) colour with a numberplate sequential to my previous car - so it was meant to be. I still have this now, and tomorrow it will tick around to 185,000 miles having been bought by me at 100,500.

      Side Bitches

      1974 Morris Mini 1000 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1974 Morris Mini 1000. GEL 517N. Well, I always wanted one - and was young, free, single and well off at the time (2003). A memorable trip to buy it when I called my new girlfriend by my ex girlfriend's name 20 miles into a 200 mile weekend away. She's never forgiven or forgotten but we're still friends. Oh - and married.

      1977 Ford Capri II GL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1977 Ford Capri II 1600 GL. SMY 675R. I can't remember why I bought this, other than I thought it'd be amusing. It was bought from Norwich for £350 and was perfectly well behaved for the 8 months that I had it (other than a flasher unit expiring). I remember being shocked just how much the windscreen would ice up inside, and duly sold it in November to a guy who was going to drive it daily! It's still alive and now, apparently, black! (Update - it's now silver!!!)

      1989 Volvo 340 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1989 Volvo 340 DL. G67 AVN. I bought this for £80. Unbelievable. It was utterly bloody perfect. I wanted to do a banger rally which is why the guy gave it to me so cheap. I'm still yet to do that rally, but no longer have the car. I sold it for about £300 to a family who were clearly down on their luck who, I hope, still have the car.

      1996 Toyota Granvia by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1996 Toyota Granvia. N775 JEV. My wife and I decided to increase our numbers further and, with our 4th son on the way, larger transport was required. We quickly realised you can either have 4 children and no apparel, or apparel and no children. After trying a very tired Mercedes Viano, the Granvia was found for 1/4 of the price and it's still here 2 years later. I can safely say that we'll never sell it - it really is another member of the family.

      1993 Mercedes 190e by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1993 Mercedes 190e. L795 COJ. I've admired these cars since I was a child. In fact, one of the very few toy cars I still have from my childhood is a Mercedes 190e. Regular readers of "Memoirs from the Hard Shoulder" will know what a PITA this car has been since day 1, but I get the feeling it's a keeper. We'll see!

      1983 Ford Sierra Base 1.6 by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1983 Ford Sierra Base. GVG 510Y. Not explicitly my car, but it should be documented here for reference. Oh - and the V5 is in my name. The story is online for all to read as to how five of us acquired what is believed to be the only remaining Ford Sierra Base. Make a brew and read it, it's a fantastic story.

      1982 Ford Sierra L by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1982 Ford Sierra L. LCR 503Y. I accidentally won this on ebay for £520. Upon reflection, I shouldn't have sold it - but short stop of saying I regret it. I could never get truly comfortable driving it and, in fairness, I could scratch my Sierra itch with the base if I wanted. Sold it at a stupid profit of £1250. It is believed to be the oldest remaining Ford Sierra in the UK.

      1979 Volvo 343 DL by Bornite Identity, on Flickr
      1979 Volvo 343 DL. DBY 466T As you'll see above, I'd had a 360GLT as a younger lad and fancied one of these earlier cars. The variomatic is, frankly, terrible but amusing. This car has just 8000 miles on the clock and inside was absolutely timewarp. Sadly, the huge bill for the Mercedes 190e cylinder head rebuild meant I had to sell this car shortly after acquiring it. Since then I've had a bit of money luck, and now realise I didn't need to sell it after all. Typical.

      I think that's it. My arthritis is playing up even more now. I've left out a few cars that were actually my wife's, but if I find pictures will add them in at a later date. I'll run this as an ongoing thread on cars and what's happening.

      Current SitRep:

      Purple Avensis: Just about to click over 185,000. Minor drama this week when an HT lead split but otherwise utterly fantastic, fantastically boring and boringly reliable.

      Granvia: Just done 1000 miles in a month around Norfolk, 6 up with suitcases. 31mpg achieved on the way up which is good for an old tub with a 3.0 Turbo Diesel on board. ODO displaying 175,000 which is a mix of miles and kilometers. Say 130,000 miles for argument's sake.

      Mercedes: Being a PITA. It's had the top end completely rebuilt after the chain came off. Now needs welding to pass another MOT and the gearbox bearings are on strike. It's about to go into the garage for winter until I can stomach it again. 151,000 miles on the clock.

      Sierra bASe: Still on sabbatical with AngryDicky who only took it bloody camping in cornwall! Legend.
    • By juular
      Old car - check
      Full of rust - check
      Siezed engine - check
      Cheapest on the internet - check
      Bought sight unseen - check
      No space for it - check
      Poo count - 1.5
       
    • By captain_70s
      Hullo,
       
      I'm a masochist from Leeds who is running two rusty, worn out Triumph Dolomites as my only transport in rural Aberdeenshire. You might recognise me from various other forums and Facebook groups. Realistically I need to buy a modern car of some sort, but instead I find myself looking at £300 Citroen BXs and Triumph Acclaims on Gumtree and thinking "yeah, that'd fit right in with the rest of the broken cars I can't afford".
       
      On to the cars, the main attraction being my 1976 1850HL "50 Shades of Yellow" that I bought for £850 and is currently my daily driver, here is a picture of it before I sanded off some surface rust and sprayed it badly in the wrong shade of yellow with rattle cans:
       

       
      Within a month of purchase I managed to plant it in to a steel fence backwards after a botched gear change on a wet roundabout and ruined the N/S rear wing, although judging by the other dent that's packed with filler it looks like somebody had already done the same. I also managed to destroy a halfshaft and one of my Sprint alloys (good for an extra 15hp) in the incident, so now it's sitting on it's original steelies but painted black (good for an extra 5hp).
       
      It's only broken down on me twice. once with some sort of fuel delivery related problem which may or may not have been an empty fuel tank and once when the thermostat jammed shut and it overheated and blew out some O-rings for the cooling system. It has recently developed a taste for coolant and oil which is rather annoying, although it's done 89,300 miles which is about 80,000 more miles than BL engineering is designed to last, I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines... 
      I tried to keep ahead of the rust a bit by rubbing down the arches and re-painting them, but apparently rattle can paint isn't great when you are spraying it at -5C, it also highlighted how although my car might have been Inca Yellow in 1976 it's now more of a "cat piss" sort of shade. So I ended up with the wrong shade of yellow which has rust coming back through after 5 weeks. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      The other car is the first "classic" car I bought, so I can't bear to sell it. It's a '77 Dolomite 1300 and it cost £1400 (about £400 too much) and has been nothing but a pain in the arse:
       

       
      It looks much prettier (from 100 yards) but that's most due to the darker paintwork hiding the rust. It lives a mollycoddled life in my garage, where it somehow still manages to rust, and is utterly rubbish. 0-60 is measured on a calendar, top speed is 80ish but at that point it uses more oil than petrol, it rarely ventures over 50mph and if you encounter an incline of any sort you can kiss that sort of speed goodbye, along with about £20 of 20W50 as it vanishes out of the exhaust in the form of blue smoke.
       
      One of the PO's had clearly never heard of the term "oil change" so it developed into brown sludge that coated everything internally with the next owner(s) blissfully pouring fresh oil on top of it. This lasted until about 600 miles into my ownership when there was muffled "pop" from the engine bay and the car became a 3-cylinder. The cause was catastrophic wear to the top end causing a rocker arm to snap:
       

       
      As this was my first classic car I'd assumed it was supposed to sound like the engine was full of marbles, it wasn't.
       
      I put the engine back together with second hand bits declared it utterly fucked and promptly did another 5000 miles with it. After about 3500 of those miles the oil burning started, valve seals have gone so it's been relegated to my parent's garage as a backup car and something to take to local car shows as the 1850 is now embarrassingly ugly. I'm keeping my eye on eBay for replacement engines (deja vu, anybody?) Oh, I also recently reversed it into a parked Ford Fiesta and royally fucked up the rear bumper, rear panel and bootlid. Did I mention I'm incompetent?
       
      There have been two other cars in my life. My first car, a 2008 Toyota Yaris 1.0 an it's replacement a 2012 Corsa 1.4T. I didn't really want either of them, but it's a long story involving my parents and poor life choices. Ask if you want to hear it!
       
      So that's a brief summary of my current shite. If you want more pictures or details of anything do say as I've got photos of almost everything I'd done with the cars.
    • By mat_the_cat
      Thought I should probably start a thread, given that a few people have suggested it. For my sins, my first car was a 1985 Hyundai Stellar. Bought back in 1997, when the sun still shone, I had more hair, and the world was generally a better place.
       
      This may be the earliest photo I have, I think from 1998:
       

       
      Anyway, I drove everywhere in it, and clocked up over 100k miles before I was given an Alfa Romeo 75. So I took the Stellar off the road for some much needed TLC. Made some progress on it - Rebuilt all the suspension, fitted a rebuilt Cortina* rear axle, Princess 4 pot front calipers and Capri vented discs etc - before a couple of house moves and renovations put it on the back burner.
       
      * before anyone says they are identical underneath, there are some differences. I fitted a replacement axle fairly early on in my ownership, only to fit that not only was the propshaft flange the wrong size, the UJ was totally different so I couldn't even fit a new yoke. Finding a company on the day before New Year's Eve who could cut off the end, weld a new UJ on and balance it wasn't too easy, especially one that was accessible by push bike!
       
      Anyway, late last year I found some renewed motivation, and have been working on it when time and money permit. Here is what it looked like in October:
       
       
      OMG barn find?

       
      Front suspension OK at first glance...
       

       
      ...but it has turned out the calipers had seized (so are away being rebuilt) and all the (brand new) ball joint boots had perished:

       
       
      Quite a bit of welding is needed too, but I had a setback just before Christmas when we were burgled and my welder stolen
       

       
      Crusty roof rail

       
      I've cleared some of the crap away from it now (it's not stored at mine - I'd love to own somewhere that big!) so might be able to get more photos. Currently working on the rear brakes, and disappointed to find that the shotblasted rear axle is now starting to rust after two coats of POR15 and 7 years storage under cover...
       

×
×
  • Create New...