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So excited about this thing!

She is saved!!
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I missed out on her while I was deployed but was able to get it now. I cannot wait to drive this thing, but it won't be til next summer is my guess. 600 mile turn and burn was worth it!

The Good. The structural integrity of the car is solid. Front and rear towers are great for 41 years old. Glass, dash, interior seats are mint. Doors are also solid, little scruffy on the bottom but who cares. Wheels are also in solid shape.

The bad. Drivers floor board is toast. Hopefully I can find a replacement for that. Headliner has a mouse house in it so I hope to God I can find a replacement for that as well. The original engine is gone and a 2.0 is in it. Dunno just yet what I'll do with it.

The Ugly. Hood and trunk are shot. Why they went and the doors didn't is beyond me. It's been sitting since 1992. The driver rear quarter has a caved in spot but I can deal with it. It smells like 30 years of rat cemetery inside. That's gonna take some time to cure.
 

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Nice car jig, its very clean. But I would tackle what little rust you have now, 80s escorts are known to ruse out. The rust tends to hide then one day you have a shock in your trunk.
 

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I got a good hatch over in Wisconsin, you'll have to paint it yellow though and of course swap the trim pieces

That front left door will go quickly so watch it like a hawk, when I see rust on that leading edge it's usually because the door-limiter or pivot bushings wore out allowing the door to swing into it's on hinge thus chipping the paint and denting the metal which rusts fast. The following problem is the hole there now catches water at an alarming rate (as bad as bad window scrapers) so if the door drains are plugged the door dies fast.

Shock towers look great! But it doesn't say too much because with these the floors usually go first. That's for sure a savable piece but will take a lot of love, keep us in the loop and hit me up as needed as always ;)
 

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Floor boards most likely rotted from the inside out. What usually happens is tree pollen and other organic debris gets into the cowl area, blocks drainage and absorbs water that just sits there and never dries out. Eventually the seam between the cowl and firewall rusts out and water seeps down onto the footwell under the carpet so it never dries out there either. I've tried many times to seal the leak but was never fully successful. There is a channel that collects water that runs off the windshield and into the crack between the body and the hood. I ran a hose from that channel to the drain over the front wheel so it wouldn't drain into the cowl, and that helped. But if it gets caught in heavy rain for an extended period I still get leakage into the footwell. Eventually the only solution was to build a carport for it.
 

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Haha ya that would do it. I'd love to take this thing apart screw by screw and see it all. But yes floor pans are toast but still strong in others. Believe this thing can be repaired in my opinion but we c when I dig into it more!
 

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Seeing this now, very cool find for a pretty rare package. It looks really good for the age, and having sat so long. I look forward to seeing more pictures, and perhaps videos of it running/driving. I miss these days so much - I rarely see any 1st gen (or Tempo) around Rustbelt, OH.
 

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Seeing this now, very cool find for a pretty rare package. It looks really good for the age, and having sat so long. I look forward to seeing more pictures, and perhaps videos of it running/driving. I miss these days so much - I rarely see any 1st gen (or Tempo) around Rustbelt, OH.
Thanks! I've got a long journey ahead but I will for sure be doing updates as we go! Once my shed gets here in a couple more weeks, the car will be moved into the garage, hopefully before the snow flies, and I'll begin the arduous task of taking it apart piece by piece.
 
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