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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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7-15-2013 @ 07:24:26 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#40, Yeah... after that body shop fail I won't touch a rusted car with a very long stick, and I'm highly sensitive to any traces of bondo, welding, etc. Now I'm starting a round up & destroy anti-rust programme on my Beemer.

7-15-2013 @ 08:15:21 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#39, Luckily I live where cars rust from the top down. The underside is spotless, even in the thinnest areas.

7-16-2013 @ 06:53:58 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#41, It did not go well. Although the car in general is very solid with only a couple of surface rust spots, when scraping away I've suddenly gone straight through the rocker panel portion of the front right fender panel. The thing is filled with dirt that accumulated there since 1991. Used fenders are cheap and you need just basic tools to change them, but pretty much every E36 has a clogged drain in front right fender so they rot away and they are that much more difficult to find, not to mention that color combo is very rare. A repro fender will most likely be Chinese, so it won't fit and will rust away in a year. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuu >:(

7-16-2013 @ 07:17:02 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
#43, Find out how much used fenders in the western U.S. are with shipping to Poland....California is a good starting point. E36s are very common and pretty much guaranteed not to rust there. Might be cheaper than a reproduction.

7-16-2013 @ 08:18:19 PM
Posted By : wannabemustangjockey Reply | Edit | Del
At Pick-n-Pull in California a passenger car fender without the inner liner is $48.99 plus a $4.99 "core deposit". I couldn't say how much it would cost to ship overseas, but I can definitely say that E36s are plentiful here.
http://row52.com/ is a good resource for finding a donor vehicle from a self-service yard if you had a contact in this country help you out. I don't know what it would cost from a yard that exclusively pulls the parts for you.

7-16-2013 @ 09:52:13 PM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#45, That's a really neat site, but much more biased towards the West Coast...

Wish they had an option to search any distance.

[edit] Whoops... uh, duh, don't put any zip code in in the first place... voila, any distance >_<

[Edited by DiRF on 7-16-2013 @ 09:53:18 PM]

7-17-2013 @ 05:01:05 AM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
It's not THAT bad, I don't have to import it from the US. The E36 over here has entered the 'beater' phase in life and breakers are filled with them, it's just that finding that exact part in white gray is a real bitch. This is the only one I found so far, it doesn't look terminal but I'd prefer something that would not need sanding, proofing and painting from the start:

7-19-2013 @ 05:02:07 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del

I need a new carburetor. Mine's spewing fuel every-damn-where. I ordered another one, it'll be in on the 23rd. I also seem to be having trouble with my solenoid again....a couple of times now the engine keeps turning over even when the key is out of it, and I'm standing next to it jumping up and down and cursing at it. Luckily, with the bad carb, it's not firing. Last time it did this, I unhooked the starter wire from the solenoid and it the engine kept turning over, so I think I can rule out the ignition switch and relay. Still, at least I feel like I'm making some progress.

But again....


[Edited by Skid on 7-19-2013 @ 05:03:03 PM]

7-20-2013 @ 07:18:59 PM
Posted By : Sensekhmet Reply | Edit | Del
#48, That sounds... interesting, in a bad way.

7-20-2013 @ 08:45:34 PM
Posted By : Low-Tech Redneck Reply | Edit | Del
#49, Interesting in a bad way... like Charlie Manson

7-27-2013 @ 12:21:35 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
New carb is in. Engine is running smoothly, but a little rich (quite a bit of smoke and gasoline smell) the idle is set a little fast. I'll fiddle with that on Monday.

Mechanic friend tells me that low voltage from the battery could be causing the "starter turning over with no key in the switch" issue. It didn't do it during any of my test runs today, but I'm staying vigilant.

[Edited by Skid on 7-27-2013 @ 12:22:40 AM]

7-30-2013 @ 03:17:38 PM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
Skid's Complete Fuck-Up of the day:

So, as it turns out, carburetors have to be torqued. I was unaware of this. Now I have an entire corner cracked off of my new carb's baseplate. I am currently attempting to rectify this via a quantity of J.B. Weld.

7-30-2013 @ 06:01:45 PM
Posted By : stang392 Reply | Edit | Del
#52, Good Luck with that. I did the same thing trying to put a Autolite 2100 on the truck and tried the same fix. After putting a soild chuck of all around the crack it cracked again as soon as the bolt got snug.

7-29-2015 @ 02:16:48 AM
Posted By : Skid Reply | Edit | Del
I hadn't planned on selling this, but a local mechanic (and former body shop owner) I know pretty well has made me a pretty decent offer. He paid half up front, and he'll pay the other half when he comes to tow it off.

I really didn't want to sell it, but it hasn't run in two years now, and overall it's done nothing but deteriorate since I got it. Eight years of "I'm going to restore it" is enough, and for the good of the vehicle it's going to someone who actually can.

Maybe when I'm financially able I'll pick up another vintage project of some sort.

[Edited by Skid on 7-29-2015 @ 02:20:45 AM]

7-29-2015 @ 02:25:11 AM
Posted By : ricerocketboy Reply | Edit | Del
Oh man :(

That sucks, dude. Sorry to hear. :(

7-29-2015 @ 03:23:39 AM
Posted By : DiRF  Reply | Edit | Del
#54, I find it frankly frightening that 2007 was "8 years ago"... that means I graduated from college *7* years ago (admittedly, college *took* me 7 years to complete, which actually felt like forever)

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