I am going to start with your request on the Honda Accord.
Thanks very much Tom !
They aren't in the Haynes book but I knew they had been done because I had a Dutch service manual on the 1977 one with the cutaway.
Before I "came down" with the cutawaybug it had already become smudged.
Some story behind my first Accord.
The family was very much Ford orientated, because uncle Wim was MD at Automobile Industrie Rotterdam, The local Ford people.
I had started earning proper money and was looking for a new car.
My Fiat 850s / 127s and 127 Abarths wre all run into the ground and the new "round arse" Scorpio was to be launched soon.
Uncle Wim still had some Granada Ghia 2.8 models in stock loaded with all the options....the whole kit and kaboodle !!
He was getting rid of them and near cost, and told me, Marco..grab your chance and grab one cheap !!!
Uncle was going to warn me when the last one was going to go and he'd do me a special price to empty the showroom.
As well said and done, the great day arrived and uncle called me to say he had put in an option on my behalf, and I was going to be
the proud owner of a bronzey coloured 2.8 Granada Ghia.
It was actually a base factory Ghia, but had been locally upgraded with every accessory they could find.
I had the car six months !! what horror !!
Ran into the office on the morning after delivery and am proudly looking down on it from my third level office to see the sunroof has been fitted off-centre.
Oh my god I say to a colleague ...Look at that !!!!... he agreed and we run downstairs with our tape measure and the damn thing was 15mm out !!!
Called my uncle !
Driving into the workshop next day to show the sunroof and a loud noise and clouds of steam from under the bonnet ( the hood Tom
....the radiator had blown !!.
It was one of those-then new fangled radiators where the upper and lower case were glued to the core.
The sunroof job was solved by fitting a wider one for a Chevrolet Impala, and the radiator was replaced.. warranty (of course)
Picked the car up and ran home, accelerating up the ramp to the motorway the revs suddenly shot off the tacho, what the f ....?
The direct drive shaft in the auto tranny had snapped !! I could use every other gear position in the box except D.
As I wanted to get home I slugged it along in L, and thought what the hell....uncle is going to bleed for this !
Next morning, guess what ? Hey I live in Holland...it rains sometimes !! I sat my rear end in a sogging wet drivers seat, THE SUNROOF HAD LEAKED !!!
Back to uncle's place.........I made it...barely !!!
As I hooked the Granada through the roundabout at Marconiplein, the power steering pump failed !
Try getting a lump like that Granada through a turn with no power steering ! the good Lord's ears are still red with all the terms of non-endearment I could
mouth-off at that moment.
Ahhh family ties !!! they can be a blessing and a curse.
For the sake of family ties I endured that car for 6 months.
I shan't bother you all with too may details, but it was in for
3 new auto gearboxes
2 power steering pumps
1 engine ( the over revving !!)
My lovely lady had landed a new job around that time and we had ordered the 4 headlamp Accord for her.
I had picked the car up and driven it home and was enthused by it's handling an performance.
It was one of the first three speed automatics (the 1977 was a two speed)
The next morning as I went to work (at Fruehauf trailers near the AIR place) in the Granada I noticed that they had gutted out the showroom.
In a blink I ran the Granada up the sidewalk through the showroom door and parker the damn thing and locked it.
I had both middle fingers of both hands up in the air for the guys yelling at me waht the f... I was doing and traipsed up to uncle's office.
I slammed the keys down on his desk and loudly told him to make sure what I had paid for the car was back on my account by the end of the week.
The next day I went to work in my wife's Accord.
Oh yes I bought her a new bicycle
I have been a Honda man ever since
No I have never spoken to my uncle again after that
Sorry to have gone so off topic
But that is whi I wanted the Honda cutaway Tom, thanks very much !
Now don't you dare post one of a Granbada !!!!!