1978 Ford Granada
1978 Ford Granada
“My parking ticket says Cadillac, but my car is a Granada” proclaimed the ads of the 70s from Ford regarding the Granada. Instead of saying they were better than the competition Ford ceased upon the idea that if they compare themselves to a more expensive Cadillac or even Mercedes Benz, that their Granada will appear more attractive, because indeed it did look like these more expensive models. They never said it was any better!
For consignment, a 2-owner car, (from a mother to a son), with a rebuilt souped up long block engine with a mild cam and 600 cfm Holley carb. Mostly original paint with some resprayed repaired areas, original vinyl top, and original interior.
While tuning my TV to Laverne and Shirley, or reading Erma Bombeck's bestselling nonfiction book titled “If life is a bowl of cherries-what am I doing in the pits?” I look out in my driveway and see this straight and true, square and rectangle design Ford Granada. Bathed in 9DYR white paint which has some areas of respray, and some areas of original paint along with a green vinyl top which is original. Emulation of the Cadillac Seville, or Mercedes Benz with its chromed grille surround and flanking rectangular headlights and turn signals below, it is a sporty 2 door and just the right size baby bear. The top is of Landau style just after the B pillar and padded with an angled dual vertical window design. Trimmings are nicely preserved, gaps are fairly well minded and I do not see any rust on this body. 15-inch Boyd Coddington polished wheels are wrapped with BFG Radial T/A 235/60R15's on all 4 corners. Baby Come Back, any kind of fool could see…
GREEN and when I say GREEN it's very green vinyl with vertical stitched padded panels, some chrome surrounding trimming, shiny handles and a molded armrest, and an ash receptacle on the end most likely for the rear seated smokers, make up the pristine door panels. Jade green vinyl covers the extra wide overstuffed split back bench with an armrest in the center front seating, and solid rear bench. The seats are as nice as the door panels with slight wear but it's in a good way. More green for the padded dash surround, but the inserts for the gauge cluster and over the glove box panel is a burl wood appliqué. More square and rectangle design and showing AC and the factory AM/FM radio. Even the factory Precaution label is still stuck to the dash, reminding you to put the car in PARK prior to exiting, (maybe this was an issue in the late 70's?). Added into the cigarette station are two aftermarket gauges which show oil pressure and water temp. Nice clean green carpeting floods the floors, and above is a tight green vinyl headliner. I think I'm having a close encounter of the third kind?!
Under the hood in the clean engine bay is a rebuilt, (at 48K miles), 302ci V8 mill. The rebuild includes a Crane Energizer cam, and an Edelbrock intake manifold topped by a Holley 600cfm 4-barrel carburetor. On the back is a C4 3-speed automatic transmission and a Ford 9-inch 2.79 TracLoc rear axle. Mallory provides the ignition, and Mustang manifolds for the exhaust and dual exhaust system. Lookin' good under this hood!
Nicely aged with very little areas of surface rust, and some of the usual suspects like the leaf springs and drive shaft. Floor pans and rockers are nice and solid, and the underside of the bottom end of the mill shows no drips. Independent coil springs in front and leaf springs for the rear provide the cushy ride. And front power disc brakes and rear power drums bring this mass to a halt. Flowmaster gives this car a throaty sound but not too obnoxious.
A quick starter, and it handled the test track with ease. Nice acceleration, smooth automatic shifting and good handling. All functions were working as they should.
At first glance I poo pooed this car as just another used car, but after giving it the go around and running it through the paces, it is a really great example of the 78 Granada. Yes it does have European styling, yes it has a rebuilt engine, and yes the interior is to die for, so just say Yes! And I'm changing the channel to Mork and Mindy...Nannu Nannu.
81-Granada 2 Door Hardtop
F-302ci V8 2bbl
195493-Sequential Unit Number
COLOR 9DYR-White, Jade Valino Half Vinyl Roof
BODY 66H-Granada 2 Door Hardtop
TRIM KR-Jade Vinyl
SCH DATE 10E-May 10th
AXLE B-Ford 9" 2.47 Conventional
TRANS W-C4 Automatic
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