Restoration of a Ford Granada 2.0 L

Hardy Mutschler
Restoration of the Ford Granada 2.0 L
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S a second life began as a winter car, of all things. For other worthless cars, this intensified form of end use means the death sentence. But for the Spanish-red Ford Granada 2.0 L from the Gütter family, it was the rescue from the slaughterhouse, because Tom's 1300 Fiesta had taken the tackle just in December. The rattling Kent engine gave up the ghost, and the rust-scarred body forbade any kind of revival.

Father Gütter's Ford Granada was decommissioned after more than 25 years of loyal service. A Scorpio notchback was its successor, after all with the two-liter DOHC engine and 120 hp. At Gütters, nothing else but Ford comes into the house because the father has been working as a customer service foreman at a Ford dealership for almost 30 years. He can assemble the old V6 spur gear motor blindly, he knows them all by heart - the Pinto, Kent, CVH and DOHC to the Zetec. And he knows where they rust - the Granada, Sierra and Escort. Wheel arches, rocker panels, fenders, end tips, cross members in the trunk, the full range.

The Ford Granada 2.0 came on call

Tom needed a wheeled pedestal, didn't hesitate and grabbed it, when his father Wolfgang gave him the family carriage that was well run in with over 300,000 kilometers and garnished with some residual TÜV. At first he didn't like the baroque Ford Granada at all, a large ship and without power steering. An honest bowl from the seventies that also needs twelve liters of super in city traffic. It was love at second sight, for which it is now particularly deep. When you looked at it, the Spanish red was still in good condition for its age. Paint, upholstery and sheet metal showed the traces of the years, but thanks to father's loving home-made rust prevention with always greased wheel arches and occasional old oilings on sills, underbody and fenders, he lasted until the end of the nineties without major sweating But wait, there were still two frontal accidents - a severe one from 1977, which made the car affordable for Father Gütter in the first place, and a lighter bump that hit the right front many years later through no fault of his own. Granada's bread of grace had long been certain at Gütters. In the meantime, the reliable, quiet and nerve-sparing car had grown dear to Tom. The good-natured six-cylinder is just a year younger than Tom. Hewill never forget how the family carriage chest of drawers rocked him and his older sister Elke to sleep in the back seat. In the eighties the Gütters often drove to the Dalmatian Adriatic coast by car, the heavy trailer with the sailing boat in tow. Mother Ingrid navigated using a general map, the Granada had large antlers on the outside mirror. The reinforced springs of the tournament played level regulation.

At first nobody thought of a full restoration

You can't butcher such a loyal horse. Tom decided to get the car back on the road with dignity, his father should be by his side with help and advice. At that time he never dreamed of a full restoration. But under the fenders and carpets on the floor, the Ford's decay was plain and terrifying. The many Upper Bavarian salt winters had done a thorough job. Only the outer sills, the wheel arches, end tips and large parts of the trunk floor with the Granada-critical cross member including the differential fastening screw had survived the decades. 'In terms of sheet metal, the car was total junk', Tom sums up mercilessly today. 'As far as I know, I would never buy a restoration copy in this condition, not even an early three-liter GXL. If it hadn't been for our car, I would hardly have invested over a year and around 1,100 hours of work to save the car. '

Tom first procured the necessary used parts and repair panels on a vacation trip across Germany. He had previously advertised in Ford scene papers. In particular, the four different front panels were new and hard to come by in the original. Battle Granada donated stainless doors, fenders and a rare but important windscreen. The hoods were still surprisingly good, there was only a bit of rust on the edges. The now 35-year-old real estate agent had to learn how to use the inert gas welding machine. Father Wolfgang, the old Ford handyman, gave a lot of tips and even helped himself in times of need, but kept it rather strict with the motto: 'Kneel in, do it yourself, then you will learn something.' p>

New engine for the Ford Granada with only 30,000 kilometers

The welding in of the repair sheet metal that had been hacked in to renovate the A-pillar and the two front footwells, including the extensions of the inner sills, meant a lot of work. A new, deep black seat set later found its way into the freshly painted body. There was also a used two-liter V6 with only 30,000 km, which replaced the original unit, slight rattling noises from the valve train disturbed Tom. 'The old V6 engine usually ran flawlessly even after 347,000 kilometers and also had good compression,' says Wolfgang, not without pride: 'Maybe because I never asked him to do the last.' Transmission, clutch, steering gear and axlesstayed in it, the front and rear axles got new shock absorbers, sleeves and rubber bearings, the finish was done by Tom with a carefully guided brush.

'A restoration that was fair value was important to me. I also wanted to recondition and preserve as many parts as possible. So After all, a normal Granada is not an OSI or Capri RS. I even sanded the body, dipped the underbody, wheel arches, engine and trunk in bright red. All of this did not take place in a professional workshop, but in a larger garage. ' Tom also wants to encourage beginners to tackle such a project. He has invested around 2,800 euros including the friendship price painting and has remained within shouting distance of the current value. What is still missing? 'Well, the family Granada was my restoration debut and it is not perfect in every detail. Gap dimensions and paint preparation could be better.'

Before the next season, Tom wants to retrofit the original chrome wheel arch, back to steel -Saddle up sports rims and mount the rear fog light. The memorable bread and butter cars like Granada, Ascona, Passat, Audi 100 and Co. need idealists who take care of them, otherwise the memory of an entire generation disappears.

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