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Maxwell_fax
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Posts: 221
From: Port Royal, PA, USA
Registered: Nov 2000

posted 03-01-2002 05:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And yesterday's trip to ye ole bone yard yeilded one hell of a steal...

1977 Granada 2Door Very Green w/ 250cid C-4

Brand New Rotors, Pads, Calipers on the front.

Also has the same odd 8.8" Rear (YES it is an 8.8) as I got from a '77 Monarch to put in my car.. With 3.73 Gears, axles that haven't been converted to 4 Lug, drums turned, new wheel cylinders, brakes shoes and hardware..

The Owner had just gotten all that work done for the State Safety Inepection.. 3 weeks later (aka yesterday) a leaf spring broke, he lost control and bashed it into a guard rail.. I was there when he and his car rolled in on the wrecker.. Bought it for $100 plus his towing bill of $75... Anyone got some nice 5 lug wheels for sale cause I'm gonna get me some real brakes!

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-01-2002 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most excellent!

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'72 Mustang Sprint Coupe 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Lok
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip
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I once asked a man: "Who art thou, that ye may pass judgment upon others?" Then he added $75 to my fine...

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mustangj
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From: fergus,ontario,canada
Registered: Mar 2001

posted 03-09-2002 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangj   Click Here to Email mustangj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Maxwell_fax:
And yesterday's trip to ye ole bone yard yeilded one hell of a steal...

1977 Granada 2Door Very Green w/ 250cid C-4

Brand New Rotors, Pads, Calipers on the front.

Also has the same odd 8.8" Rear (YES it is an 8.8) as I got from a '77 Monarch to put in my car.. With 3.73 Gears, axles that haven't been converted to 4 Lug, drums turned, new wheel cylinders, brakes shoes and hardware..

The Owner had just gotten all that work done for the State Safety Inepection.. 3 weeks later (aka yesterday) a leaf spring broke, he lost control and bashed it into a guard rail.. I was there when he and his car rolled in on the wrecker.. Bought it for $100 plus his towing bill of $75... Anyone got some nice 5 lug wheels for sale cause I'm gonna get me some real brakes!


Maxwell: Kool find! If you have any Mustang II leaf springs they should fit. I love 2 door Granada's! (I am bias I love all 70's Ford's). Mid 70's Ford's were a dime a bakers dozen back in high school and my favorite past time was racing the wheels off them and blowing them up and fixing them up again. I still think you are making up the 8.8 thing though

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1978 Muscletang II t-top mach 1
1991 Lincoln mark 7
1997 Escort wagon type R
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Maxwell_fax
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From: Port Royal, PA, USA
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posted 03-10-2002 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish the Granada had a better body.. The interior is beautiful.. I am afraid that the unibody is outta whack.. The windsheild is cracked and the doors don't work right.. Has a set of lovely bondo quarters as well..
All I need is another car anyways... (Hmm '74 Gran Torino Brogham good body bad engine $200, gotta call)

AS for the infamous mystery rear, that's two of them now.. Never could get seals and bearings that fit for the one I used in my car if I ordered for a 77 Granada... But everything has always worked when ordered for an '88 Mustang GT.. My friend that works in the parts dept at the local Ford dealer looked up part numbers.. Ford refers to it as an 8.7" rear.. But so far everything differential and bearing related swaps between the 8.8" and this 8.7"

I must be having some luck finding these things cause no one seems to have heard of one before.. Who knows... Maybe I oughta to gather a bunch of them up... easy swap into a II, and they have slighly larger brakes..

[This message has been edited by Maxwell_fax (edited 03-10-2002).]

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mustangj
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From: fergus,ontario,canada
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posted 03-10-2002 11:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangj   Click Here to Email mustangj     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maxwell: Did you get the brakes sorted on your II yet? Just wondering. My Mach project is idle right now. Next week end I am building a work bench for the new garage and I will get back at her.

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1978 Muscletang II t-top mach 1
1991 Lincoln mark 7
1997 Escort wagon type R
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Stanger76
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From: Hallsville,Texas
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 03-10-2002 09:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stanger76   Click Here to Email Stanger76     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm currently looking at a Granada at a right price and was wondering if I can install the spindles, brakes and all off of it on my MII? I was told you can just switch them at the ball joints and have the front end realigned. Thanks for any Help.
Shane
Stanger76

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Maxwell_fax
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From: Port Royal, PA, USA
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posted 03-13-2002 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No Stanger, sorry to say it isn't that easy... The rotors are a direct swap between the 2 cars, bearings and all I believe... The problem lies in the caliper bracket which is what I am working on now if I can ever get the %&*#(# things loose from the spindles... there is a bracket available for this swap that uses GM calipers... This would probably be the most painless way, and I hear the GM calipers are supposed to work a little better.

Now for my case, I have all the brake hydraulics replaced and filled with DOT 5 fluid.. Since the Grenade and the M-II use the same caliper I am working on seeing how difficult it would be to adapt the bracket from the Granada to fit the M-II, or somthing to that extent.. They bolt to the spindle rather similarly..

I have enuff problems with this car, no need to infuse GM parts ("tainted blood") into it.. I've owned as many GM's that didn't stop as Fords that did..
And the bottom line is that I am too cheap to buy brake fluid and calipers again..

[This message has been edited by Maxwell_fax (edited 03-13-2002).]

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jnjrausch
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From: silverdale,wa,usa
Registered: Jun 99

posted 04-02-2002 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jnjrausch   Click Here to Email jnjrausch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A-1 Racing used to make a bracket kit to use the granada calipers. Everyone goes to the GM calipers because of a bigger piston size. Supposedly the II and Granada are the same size piston

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74 351C-4v Pro street
93 5.0lx reef blue
85 f150 4x4 riding high
68 galaxie 500 convert
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Maxwell_fax
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From: Port Royal, PA, USA
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posted 04-03-2002 04:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Actually according to the listing for reman calipers, they are the same caliper... The bigger piston doesn't exactly gain you anything either... it's the surface area of the pad an rotor.. The GM calipers do however have a better setup for the caliper to slide back and fourth..

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74stang2togo
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From: Texas or somewhere thereabouts...
Registered: Apr 2002

posted 05-27-2002 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 74stang2togo   Click Here to Email 74stang2togo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah, I'm getting that funny feeling that seems to come over the people who fall in love with 70's Fords, It all started with the Mustang II and now I've found a 75 T-bird, It's one sweet ride in nearly perfect condition. If I can sell my 95 S-10 fast enough ($3200, minor body damage, needs A/C work, many performance parts) I am going to buy it to show together with my II, I also plan on driving them both...

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Maxwell_fax
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From: Port Royal, PA, USA
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posted 05-28-2002 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maxwell_fax   Click Here to Email Maxwell_fax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's truely a sickness...

Started with the '78 II got a brand x vehicle for college... Bought a '75 Lincoln Mark IV to replace the brand X vehicle.. Bought a '75 Gran Torino for parts... Ended up driving the Gran Torino, selling ole brand X for scrap, using the rather rusty Lincoln for parts... Now I just bought a '79 Continental.. Can't decide whether I wanna keep it, or possibly trade for another shot at a Mark IV... Or maybe I'll just sell them all and get a Honda with NOSSSSSSS....

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