1984 Escort GT Turbo Restoration - follow the progress here

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  1. white89euro

    white89euro FEOA Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm in the middle of a resto-mod / tribute restoration creating a 1984 Escort GT from a 1984 plain Jane Lynx L. The car is originally from Texas and was brought here to Wisconsin when I purchased it in 2008. For now I'm just posting a picture of what the car will look like, using a scan from an ad for a 1985 Escort GT. My car will eventually look close to the '85 GT shown, but will have British Escort Cloverleaf wheels since the tires for the metric US GT wheels are no longer made.

    Here's a picture of my goal, but I'll be adding more pics as time allows. Right now the car is at the mechanics with the engine and transaxle just having been pulled.

    If anyone has the following parts, I'm looking: Rocker panel trim LH and RH for the GT. Wheel well flares LH and RH for behind the front wheels. The parts can still be found at several NOS dealers, but I'm hoping to save some dollars by finding a better deal on new / used ones here.

    Thanks in advance for your interest in my Lynx, soon to be an Escort GT.
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    HELPFUL LINKS
    For those interested in the First Generation Escort GT,
    and Escort GT Turbo, especially the 1982-85 Series.


    History:
    Details and features of the Turbo powered Escort GT / Lynx RS.
    http://autopolis.wordpress.com/2011/12/ ... omment-760
    Related Fords - EXP & LN7:
    2 Seater sister cars to the Escort & Lynx.
    Discussion Group at EXP / LN7 Owner's Club:
    http://www.fordexp.com/forum/
    Related Fords - European & UK Escort Escort RS Turbo cars:
    British discussion group at passionford.com
    http://passionford.com/forum/ford-escort-rs-turbo-19/
    Photographs:
    Flickr Group 1981 - 1990 Ford Escorts (North American)
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/1052579@N23/pool/with/6561406075/#photo_6561406075
    Specifications:
    Link for Escort GT Turbo 1984 Specs:
    http://www.automobile-catalog.com/car/1984/872375/ford_escort_gt_turbo.html
    Turbocharging A-Z:
    Everything you need to know at the turboforum.com pages:
    http://www.theturboforums.com/smf/index.php
    Turbo history and overview pages:
    http://www.theturboforums.com/turbotech/main.htm
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    this will be a page turner post for me.
    don't forget lot's of pics and how too tips.
  3. white89euro

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    How my 1984 Lynx looked online when purchased

    Here's the Lynx as it appeared in the summer of 2008. While the interior looks a little rough, in reality it was TEXAS TOAST! Baked hotter than an Amarillo Armadillo - it actually sat outdoors for an unknown number of years in the Amarillo Texas sun before it was offered for sale.

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    As I mentioned, the eBay seller "forgot" to tell me about a few things,
    like the dented roof, the cracked windshield, the missing catalytic converter,
    and that he intended to sell the "running great" Lynx without a battery.

    Dents all over the roof - I guess they piled parts on it
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    Windshield is cracked - It's out now and I have a replacement on hand.
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    Catalytic converters are worth a lot for scrap - seller cut it off before selling the car.
    Always ask if the car has its converter.
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    Battery - Schmattery! They took it out before shipping.
    It must have been the "demonstrator" battery for their ebay cars.
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    Greetings 88ESCORTV6 and thanks for your interest! I'm basically acting as a subcontractor on the restoration. I can't afford to send the car to an all-in-one restoration shop, such as the truly outstanding Jeff Lilly Restorations of San Antonio, TX. So I'm doing some of the work myself, such as parts acquisition, disassembly, cleaning, reassembly; and finding the best local talent I can find here in Wisconsin for the rest. I hope my experience can provide some help and inspiration for others who are interested in refurbishing or restoring their automobile(s). I'll probably only check in here about once a week with updates, and not always with photos. Alot of it will depend on the pace of the body shop and mechanics shop. Thanks again for stopping by! George
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    Are you sure that those metric tires aren't being made in Europe?
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    You know, a while back I posted in ad on craigslist. I was looking for leads to small older junkyards that would have 80's ford cars still in it. I had a repsonse from an individual that sent me pictures of an old junkyard. Low and behold right in the middle of the place was an early gt stacked on top of a van. I called the guy, spoke with him, but when it was time to head out, I can never get a reply back from the guy. Shame to, looks like you could use some of the parts from it too.
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    I'm not entirely sure those wheels were ever made in Europe. As far as I know, they only came on American Fords. Coker is the only company still making metric tires, and they are over 250 bucks each.
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    IIRC they were: 165/70R365

    here are some real cheap:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/MICHELIN-TRX-M- ... 22fffa501e

    But they are snow tires. US $38.00
    Shipping: $16.95 Standard Shipping

    Here are some for $170
    http://onlyoldiesgarage.com/xcart/produ ... 256&page=1

    For $186
    http://www.hotrodhanks.com/products/tir ... 5?show=ALL

    My recollection is that back in the day these things were $100 tires that wore out every 30,000 miles. If you run that through an inflation calculator the current price might actually be close to what they are asking for these.

    But I wouldn't buy them because they suck on wet roads.
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    Yea, the early cars use the 165/70r365 and the later Escort GT turbos and EXP turbos use a 185/65R365. Not a fun one to find!
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    Last time I bought 165/70r365 tires was in 1993. I bought one tire at one place, two more at a second place, and the the 4th one at a third place. I literally did this all on one day going from place to place like that until I had them all.
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    Hi Everyone,

    No progress to report this week. I'm waiting to get parts pulled out of my spare garage (from other car projects) so I can get the Escort engine parts to the shop.

    Thanks for the info on the tires. I had spent some time restoring a 1980 Mustang and found decent TRX tires to be nearly impossible to find, I think Coker Tire no longer carried the Mustang TRX tires at that time.

    The UK Cloverleaf Wheels take a standard range of 14" tires and look gorgeous. I'll try to get some pics uploaded of those eventually. These wheels are a direct fit to the North American 1st Generation Escort.

    I'm still looking for parts, especially the front wheel flairs for the '83 to '85 GT.

    Thanks,
    George
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    Here's another brief update. I'm stuck for a few weeks as the body shop has shelved the project while they work on other vehicles. I hope to have them finish stripping down the engine compartment within the next four weeks.

    In the meantime I'm continuing to do an inventory of engine-related parts needed for the rebuild. My garage is overflowing with projects so I'll need a few more weeks before I can get started on a true inventory of parts.

    Hang in there, I'll be posting pics and more interesting restoration info by mid-June.

    George
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    Weekly update

    CORRECTION: It seems the boot and the shifter knob shown below are actually for the Ford EXP / Mercury LN7. While the shifter boot matches my base model Lynx L - the Escort GT for '84-'85 apparently used an accordion style shifter boot, and a somewhat different shifter knob. If anyone has correct part numbers and/or photos that would be great. I'll leave these pics up as reference. Thanks to Brad (bullittm3) for the correction! George 6.15.2012

    Now, here's my original post from earlier in June, 2012.
    I'm trying for a minimum of a weekly update. I'm on hold in the engine area. Recently had the 1.6 carbed motor pulled and am considering a Turbo motor.

    I also picked up two parts from an eBay seller. A new 5-speed shifter knob and a new manual shifter boot cover. Great finds!

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    Turbo engine on the way!

    OK, now it gets interesting. Thanks to a fellow Ford motorsports enthusist who posted a "For Sale" ad here at feoa.net, I have found a really nice turbo motor. I expect to receive it within a week. I'll keep you posted.
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    bump for more info
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    Hey Sketch, extremely great looking Escort GT you have there. I'm guessing it is an 86 or 87?

    OK, here's a little more info for you. I'm taking delivery on a new, never installed 1984 1.6 Turbo engine today. This was the motor advertised here at feoa.net about a week ago. It was a demonstrator engine used at a technical college.

    So, my Escort GT tribute car is getting a genine Escort GT engine. It'll be a challenge to find all the necessary parts, but it'll be a much more interesting car when it is completed.
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    Pics of the new Turbo Engine for my 84 GT project

    I'm having trouble getting this picture to display properly, it should be 400x300 in size, but displays larger in preview. I've resized the image in photo bucket, but it keeps displaying its original size here - any ideas on how to fix that problem?

    OK - back for an edit with an attempt at posting smaller pictures. I edited the pics BEFORE uploading to photobucket in hopes that would help. Here goes. OK, that worked.

    Here's the engine as it arrived, delivered by Joe to my mechanic.
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    Here is the engine head stamping number (not sure where to find this same kind of number on the block)
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    Here is the engine head apparent build date for engine head
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    Here are the intake manifold, exhaust manifold, and turbocharger
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    Here are various accessories that came with the engine.
    Valve cover is from a 1.9 and looks better than the 1.6 cover.
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    Here are two pictures showing one of two Escort GT Wheel Choices for 1983-1985 on US Escorts. Unfortunately both wheels reqire the not-so-great and hard-to-find TRX tires.

    So instead of either of those wheels for my GT Tribute / Clone I'm going with the similar "Cloverleaf" true 14" wheel sold on the UK and European Escorts of the same vintage as my US Escort. The wheel is close in appearance (see the US wheel also in the very first post on this thread, as shown on a 1985 Escort GT.

    I'm really happy with the choice.

    OK,
    Here is the US TRX Metric alloy wheel for the GT Turbo Cares (I believe a TRX steel wheel, with center cap and trim rings, was used on the non-turbo GT - also shown in the first post to this thread)
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    And here is the Cloverleaf 14" Wheel that will allow me to use convential tires, but keep essentially the same look of the wheels used on the US Escort GT Turbo cars. I've imported 4 of these from the UK.
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    Note: There were many other wheels, both steel and alloy used on the first generation US / North American Escorts. Feel free to add to the two I've posted today which are Escort GT and Escort UK car specific.

    George

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