Parts interchangeable with mustang

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  1. trevynmason

    trevynmason FEOA Member

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    I've been looking around and are the parts from the first gen escorts and the mustangs from the same year interchangeable such as body panels shocks etc they look very similar.


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    I think maybe the door lock knobs and turn signal bulbs interchange!
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    Everything is interchangeable if you have a mig welder.
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    Also some lug patterns for the wheels are shared, of course the 4 lug only.
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    The brake light switch (the one behind the brake pedal) might be the same.
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    Cruise control servo is probably the same.
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    Seats and seat rails.
    Headlight switch and bulbs.
    Door handles
    Seat bels
    Hand brake lever
    TFI module and ignition coil
    Several sensors can work, but may need calibration. Basic temp sensors/idiot lights should work.
    Alternator
    Starter and relay
    Door hinges

    Basically, a lot of little parts can be swapped between the two. A Merkur has more in terms of front suspension, since it basically uses what a 1st gen does (swaybar acting as tie bar for the single-bolt lower control arms).
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    The Ford emblem is a direct swap.
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    Model & trim emblems too if you're ghetto/white trash enough.
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    There was a kid in my high school that did exactly that. He had a white 1st gen GT, and replaced EVERY Escort emblem with a Mustang one.

    Then INSISTED it was a Mustang.
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    I knew people like that in my high-school. One guy kept calling his Dodge Omni a Mustang (no joke).

    Others would just put (for example) SS badges on their crappy base-model Cavalier. One person put Type R badges on a truck, if I remember correctly. Stupid teen stuff.

    I myself had Cadillac hub caps on my Caprice wagon. It was bought that way.
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    Yeah I know it's not a mustang and I'm not gunna treat it like one. alls you have to do is pop the hood and it's missing a few cylinders. But I was just curious cause parts are more available for the mustang than for the escorts so if panels and such swap over they're easy to find


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    Some Mustangs from that era came with a 2.3L N/A engine.
  14. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    I toyed with the idea of swapping some Mustang Effects to the old GT a long while back... Parked it next to a Mustang GT & snapped some picts & photo shopped it. (I'll look for the files sometime- they aren't on this computer...) That is as far as that project ever went! ;) Like dchawk81 said- If you've got time & a good welder (and some decent autobody skills)- you could make it happen...
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    egtmgt1.jpg
    Found this one on my fb page... :)
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    I know the the mustang is a bit longer wheel base than the Escort but the Escort is wider, and I believe they are the same height


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    Mustang has a wheelbase of 100.5". Escort is 94.2". In between that is Tempo, around 98.4" if I remember.

    Track width has the Mustang at ~ 3" wider than the Escort. I know this, because, around 2007, I started writing down plans, checking specs, and trying to gear up for swapping in a Fox drivetrain to my '90 LX, converting it to RWD. Life had drastically different plans, with me just getting a 2010 GT instead, which is honestly the better car.

    The easiest swap would be from a Merkur, since it has an IRS, RWD, and an otherwise Escort-based front suspension. An XR4-TI would be a good donor car, as the Escort would be shorter, lighter, and is built upon a strikingly similar platform. Granted, the Merkur (Sierra was the base model name in Europe), was technically a different chassis, it is extremely close to the "EricA X" platform that the Escort/Tempo use, almost to the point of it being a melding of Escort and Mustang.

    Yeah, I know I'm putting the thread a little off the rails with mentioning a drivetrain swap, but I would still love to see it done, just to see what terror would be unleashed on the world with such a short wheelbase car.
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    I wasn't even talking about skills. Just tack welding stuff where it doesn't belong. lol

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