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Old 03-24-2008, 12:30 PM
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I bought a '77 Ford Torino in '78 It was my dad's company car and they gave him the option to turn it in or buy it cheap. I needed a car for school at the time so I bought it. It had only 48K miles and at around 50K the 351 V8 started a very noticeable miss which got worse every day.
Compression chech revealed two dead holes so the heads came off and we discovered massive gooves in the cylinder walls.
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Well... I do own an old '84 F600 two ton flatbed truck today but it has a GM Detroit 8.2 diesel factory installed. I find it interesting that Ford chose to use a GM engine in the mid size trucks then.
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Old 03-24-2008, 12:37 PM
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Well... I do own an old '84 F600 two ton flatbed truck today but it has a GM Detroit 8.2 diesel factory installed. I find it interesting that Ford chose to use a GM engine in the mid size trucks then.
NO WAY! really? ford used GM parts in their linup? wow. that is news to me.
I guess the IH Diesel can't be changed to handle that large a vehicle...
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Old 03-24-2008, 02:21 PM
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Well... I do own an old '84 F600 two ton flatbed truck today but it has a GM Detroit 8.2 diesel factory installed. I find it interesting that Ford chose to use a GM engine in the mid size trucks then.
thats ok, most of the bigger midline trucks use ford frames, they all kinda share. most early dodge engine accesories had ford part numbers on them.

my buddy had several grenadas and was perfectly happy with them, he used to buy them for a few hundred dollars and then part out the remains when he had squeezed out the last of its miles. They did rust, like most cars of the time, but then most cars didnt have the budget to use all of the coatings that Mercedes could use at their price point.

that being said, it is a rediculous advert. But only in America, Europe outlawed direct comparison ads a long time ago.
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:43 PM
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I just looked at a picture of a Grenada on google and realized that my elementary school best friend's dad had one as his daily driver. It was POOP brown (real dark) and he "abandoned" it to the street in front of the house when he got sick of trying to fix it....finally had it hauled off a year later when he donated it to a local "shop class" or something like that. (This was in like 1996, ages ago) I remember riding it it like 2-3x ever, when I was about 9 years old....it rode like a boat. So sadly, I have ridden in a Ford Grenada.

I remember it spewed soot on the ground when he'd start it up. Like a diesel....except a poorly running ford gasser.
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Grenada or Granada

Grenada is a country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenada

Granada is a car. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Granada
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Who came up with the name Grenada?


Kind of like Ford Dynamite, or Ford Kosovo.

If I ever confuse a Mercedes with a Ford, I better be really, REALLY drunk.
Remember the Ford " Probe" ? whats up that name.. makes me pucker when I say it...

Next we will see the the Buick Enima
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Grenada Granada, interchangable simile
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Of course the Ford Granada was also the Lincoln Versailles.
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I just checked out ebay and there still seems to be a few out there. Someone is even selling a mint one with 55k on it. Its definatley a late 70's/early 80's ford. The looks say it all. I shudder at the thought of driving one.
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Granada is also a city: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granada

...just being a smarta$$...
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Ford has plenty of masterminds alright, but most of them must live in Europe because that's where all their really good looking cars end up. Look at the way they market stuff us in the US. They proclaim the Taurus was gone last year as if somebody is going to raise a fuss, then the very next year they take the 500 and make it the "new" Taurus! But I can't tell, it looks like a completely new car to me. Yup, that Granada looks just like a Mercedes alright. Now somebody give me glass of cider vinegar on the rocks, it looks just like Makers Mark it must taste like it too.
That is correct. The German (European) Ford Granada was actually a pretty cool car (and the first one I drove - at age 15 ), especially the wagon.

http://www.garaget.org/?car=19525

And for the "Five-Hundred": Just look at a 2005 Ford and a 2005 S-Class standing next to each other. They're still at it.
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... and the original Taurus/Sable was pretty much designed to be an Audi 5000 (100/200) clone. I was around for the "best in class" study, the 5000 met 96% of the best in class, so Ford copied the car as close as they could without actually engineering a car.
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My grandfather had both of these cars at one time!!
but guess what car he still held onto?


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Old 03-25-2008, 12:27 AM
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That is correct. The German (European) Ford Granada was actually a pretty cool car (and the first one I drove - at age 15 ), especially the wagon.

http://www.garaget.org/?car=19525

And for the "Five-Hundred": Just look at a 2005 Ford and a 2005 S-Class standing next to each other. They're still at it.
Is it just me or did Ford (europe) come as close to the look of a W123 wagon as they could without breaking the law? Yeesh. Its like an uglified W123 wagon! Still way better than the US version of the car though.
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Yeah, I can tell the difference between a Ford Granada and a Mercedes! The Granada has been crushed and turned into something else and the Mercedes is most likely still on the road!
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