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URL: http://riceornot.ricecop.com/?auto=67620
Submitted by: Skid
Comments: 56  (Read/Post)     Favorites: 1  (View)
Submitted on: 10-12-2007
View Stats Category: Car
My ancient digital camera finally stopped being a bitch long enough for me to snap some decent digital photos of my new car.

1975 Ford Granada Ghia


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10-28-2007 @ 01:37:55 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#20, I might be just a negative prick who can't speak engligh, but I've had a shattering experience with a rusty car. Facts are: rust is pretty much always worse than in appears and it's almost always cheaper to buy a non-rusty car that to fix the rust. Oh, and fixing rust cheaply is never the way to go, the only method that works is to cut everything out and replace with new parts/sheet metal.
Trust me, my love for older cars has taken a significant blow, when I saw my car being held up by just the roof and the tunnel, everything else had to go.

[Edited by Sensekhmet on 10-28-2007 @ 01:38:20 PM]

10-28-2007 @ 01:42:20 PM
Posted By : Subourbon187 Reply | Edit | Del
Rust has been a constant enemy of mine.

10-28-2007 @ 02:01:16 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#21, Luckily, I live in an area where rust generally isn't a problem (it doesn't snow here). This car suffers only from "Granada rust", that is, spotty rust in typical problem areas for this particular car. I'm just hoping that that rust hasn't had a chance to spread yet.

10-28-2007 @ 03:14:45 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#23, Seems you've got a nasty problem, with that much water getting in... my bet is rust under rear window seal. That's bad, shitty job. While you'll get it fixed, ask the body shop to make some sort of an opening, so the water can leak out of the trunk in case something like this happens again.

10-28-2007 @ 03:20:03 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#22, I've had nightmares... rusty nightmares. Now, after spending ower twice the car's worth, pretty much all of it is gone. But still... there's this little odd spot under the windshield...

10-28-2007 @ 03:50:15 PM
Posted By : Subourbon187 Reply | Edit | Del
#25, There's a few spots on both my cars that I've had to repair again and afterwards keep an eye on.

11-16-2009 @ 07:02:00 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Due to not having it insured and my mother stacking shit behind it on the carport, this car has been sitting for a while. Moving into a new house has given me impetus to get the thing moving again.

After sitting under my carport untouched for one year as of this month, I put a little gas in the old girl today and recharged the battery. Once the old gas worked its way through, it started running like a top. Now I just need to wash a year's worth of accumulated carport grime off of it....then once it's moved, work on changing some of the old fluids.

11-16-2009 @ 07:12:42 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
When I saw that comment in the newest comments list I got worried. I was expecting to see "Due to not having it insured and my mother stacking it up..."

3-17-2011 @ 01:49:39 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
Whatever happened to this?

3-17-2011 @ 02:12:51 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#29, Since I got it running and moved it to my new place, as stated in #27, it's been sitting under my new carport and not moving. I haven't started the engine since January 2010.

As soon as I get work, I'm going to see about getting it back on the road and getting the necessary rust repair done.

10-23-2012 @ 04:53:03 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I finally got off my ass today and got a new battery for this thing, and bolted it up. The second I hooked up the negative terminal, I heard loud electrical pops and smoke started rising up from the solenoid. Panicked, I removed the terminal and attempted to diagnose the problem. Turns out, even though I bought the exact same type of battery as was in it before, the newer versions apparently have reversed terminals, and I had hooked the negative to the positive and the positive to the negative. >_<

I made a run to town after that to go ahead and get a new solenoid (I needed some starter fluid anyway, not to mention some lunch), and after fussing and cussing bolting in the new one, the second I attempted to hook the second terminal up, the engine started turning over....which startled me enough that I bumped my head - hard - against the raised hood. Turns out it did that every time I attempted to connect the battery....even though the keys to the car were in my pocket.

10-23-2012 @ 04:54:19 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#31, A call to a mechanic friend led me to the advice that my new solenoid is most likely defective. On a whim, I hooked up the old one and tried it, but it doesn't even bump the starter.

So I'm stepping away from it for right now....but this isn't over. >:(

10-23-2012 @ 05:33:22 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#32, Spare solenoids are good to have. Especially when the aliens come.

2-22-2013 @ 02:09:16 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
It lives.

I'm still trying to run fuel through it to clean out the system, but the battery isn't keeping a charge. Given that it's a pretty new battery, I'm thinking either the alternator or the regulator. In any case, though, it's running and driving again.

Also, the rust seems to be worse under the vinyl top. The other day it was outside in the rain, and I found a bit of standing water on the rear floorboards. Not a substantial amount, but enough to get my fingertips wet. >_<

I'm aiming for early next week to get a body shop quote, depending on how much time the charging issue takes to resolve.

2-22-2013 @ 03:10:15 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
#34, My dad was having trouble with his truck recently because of alternator/regulator problems. Incidentally on the '71 GMC truck there were two different alternators available, and this was a case of (IIRC) mismatched alternator/regulator amperage and it was frying regulators. The replacement alternator was producting way too much voltage for the system and the regulator couldn't handle it. Good luck with your Granada, Skid.

2-22-2013 @ 04:49:19 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#34, Even if the battery is "pretty new", it could still be defective, so don't completely rule that out. My sister bought a brand new battery for her Accord, and within a month the car was having trouble starting. My dad did a full electrical check-over on the car, and discovered the battery already had a couple dead cells.

2-22-2013 @ 10:03:14 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
A defective battery is a possibility, but unlikely. More likely it's a product of five months of nothing but failed engine starts.

The battery is fully charged now (after having a charger hooked to it all afternoon), so I'll drive it down to Whynot Garage Monday and let them test the charging system.

7-15-2013 @ 04:20:34 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Tore the whole vinyl top off today. Although I had doubts at one point, it turns out my first instinct about the extent of the rust was correct: Rust-through is confined to the bottom of the back window and the upper right quarter panel. There's some more surface rust at the top of the rear window, on the right B and C pillar, and both A-pillars, but none of that is serious.

I've basically decided I'm going to leave the vinyl top off of it. I'm planning on getting a price quote at a local body shop tomorrow, though, so it sort of depends on the price difference between a sanded/painted roof and a new vinyl top.

7-15-2013 @ 07:08:36 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#38, It can get difficult to asses the extent of damage rust has made in closed spaces. Cue my 2nd Froggy, which went to the shop just to have the rocker panels repaired, and left with only the front unibody, hood, roof, doors, tunnel and parts of the middle floor section remaining original o_O

7-15-2013 @ 07:14:14 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#39, Assessing damage of rust? My dad knows all about that. The '81 Corvette he bought used in the mid '80s... the car looked fantastic... but underneath, he found that the only that that HADN'T corroded was the fibreglass... being the only material of the car that COULDN'T corrode.

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