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In the process of buying an 83 L. My dream is to have an 89 LX red on red but this car looked too nice to pass up. Of you're on the Facebook page, you have probably seen it. Can't pick up for a few weeks yet but was wondering if anyone had any production numbers for this model. 4 speed L brown on brown. Mostly a curiosity of mine. I have a giant book that's a few thousand pages of every american car from 1930-1990 that gives this information, but can't find it! Also, would like to know anything interesting about this year. Thanks for the time!
 

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The 83 that's brownish in Michigan?

Curious what there are for production numbers too, I know about 1 million were made in the first year or so.

83 is a special year where the Escort had the MOST options in its whole North American lifespan but if you're getting that brown L there's not really any options in that specific car.

In general 83 is the same as 82 but 83 had the new optional 5-speed, optional 1.6 HO, optional 1.6 EFI, 13 gallon fuel tank (11gal standard), optional center armrest, and a few less important amenities.
 

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The 83 that's brownish in Michigan?

Curious what there are for production numbers too, I know about 1 million were made in the first year or so.

83 is a special year where the Escort had the MOST options in its whole North American lifespan but if you're getting that brown L there's not really any options in that specific car.

In general 83 is the same as 82 but 83 had the new optional 5-speed, optional 1.6 HO, optional 1.6 EFI, 13 gallon fuel tank (11gal standard), optional center armrest, and a few less important amenities.
Yes, that is the one. I know it's the basic model but I like to see numbers. Doesn't matter to me really if 350,500 were made. I can say, I haven't seen an 83 with my own eyes since the 90s. If I could only find my dang book I could have an exact answer!
 

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Yes, that is the one. I know it's the basic model but I like to see numbers. Doesn't matter to me really if 350,500 were made. I can say, I haven't seen an 83 with my own eyes since the 90s. If I could only find my dang book I could have an exact answer!
If you do find production numbers do share :) I have EXP & LN7 numbers but next to none for Escorts & Lynxes....

When you get it you can always order a Marti Report
You can also contact me and I can make a replacement replica window sheet, sadly I can't accept any orders for at least 1.5 weeks :/
 

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83 should be the first full year production with the newer version front knuckles and wheel bearings. Previous front wheel bearings were packed with grease, assembled into the knuckle and seals installed, then hub and axle shaft were pulled together with special tool. Later production came with a cartridge type wheel bearing still in use today. Much easier to assemble.
 

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83 should be the first full year production with the newer version front knuckles and wheel bearings. Previous front wheel bearings were packed with grease, assembled into the knuckle and seals installed, then hub and axle shaft were pulled together with special tool. Later production came with a cartridge type wheel bearing still in use today. Much easier to assemble.
I believe 84 was the change for those, 84 got the all new front suspension
 

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I am reasonably sure that 1983 has a timing belt on an interference engine. IIRC the 1985 with the 1.6L engine was the first year Escort / Lynx that did not have an interference engine.
 

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I am reasonably sure that 1983 has a timing belt on an interference engine. IIRC the 1985 with the 1.6L engine was the first year Escort / Lynx that did not have an interference engine.
All 1.6s (all 81-85 models) were interference
All 1.9s (all 85.5-90 models) were non-interference

When the 1.6 became a 1.9 the block was casted about 1/4" taller but even though stroke and bore were increased from 1.6 to 1.9 the piston's location at TDC was the same creating a 1/4" space between the deck surface and the piston tops (excluding the crowns/dishes). This meant that with stock camshafts the valves could never touch the pistons unlike the 1.6 where the timing window is small and if you get your belt off by 2 teeth or more the engine won't turn over.

As the weather warms up and my schedule frees up I'll have videos of the 1.6 vs 1.9 side by side so everyone can see these differences.
 

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Very good info! The car runs but has been sitting for 15 years. I'll be sure that's one of the first things I replace. Hopefully the chain stores carry everything for these cars now adays...
 

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All 1.6s (all 81-85 models) were interference
All 1.9s (all 85.5-90 models) were non-interference

When the 1.6 became a 1.9 the block was casted about 1/4" taller but even though stroke and bore were increased from 1.6 to 1.9 the piston's location at TDC was the same creating a 1/4" space between the deck surface and the piston tops (excluding the crowns/dishes). This meant that with stock camshafts the valves could never touch the pistons unlike the 1.6 where the timing window is small and if you get your belt off by 2 teeth or more the engine won't turn over.

As the weather warms up and my schedule frees up I'll have videos of the 1.6 vs 1.9 side by side so everyone can see these differences.
I'd like to see that since I never had an issue with my pistons hitting my valves on my 1985 1.6L...
 

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I'd like to see that since I never had an issue with my pistons hitting my valves on my 1985 1.6L...
That's good news haha Shouldn't have any issues so long as you change the belt every 50k miles or 5 years - whichever comes first.

It will be good, I'll also be experimenting (with video proof) at what point of lift each 1.9 becomes an interference engine too :D And I'll be myth-busting with each of the different 1.6 & 1.9 heads and pistons as that's a hot topic too, will be great stuff! If I can get a hold of a 2.0 then I'll have everything covered, just have to do the Zetecs some day haha
 

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That's good news haha Shouldn't have any issues so long as you change the belt every 50k miles or 5 years - whichever comes first.

It will be good, I'll also be experimenting (with video proof) at what point of lift each 1.9 becomes an interference engine too :D And I'll be myth-busting with each of the different 1.6 & 1.9 heads and pistons as that's a hot topic too, will be great stuff! If I can get a hold of a 2.0 then I'll have everything covered, just have to do the Zetecs some day haha
I did have timing belt issues with the car, and no engine damage. Now a coworker with a 1983 Lynx had some light damage when his belt went while the car was it idle.
 

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How bad will I get dinged for a full exhaust from the manifold back?
$350ish is the rate for a full aluminized system near me
All has to be custom-made so the labor is the majority of the cost
 

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I did have timing belt issues with the car, and no engine damage. Now a coworker with a 1983 Lynx had some light damage when his belt went while the car was it idle.
It also depends on which 1.6 you have, the Turbos have shorter crowns on the pistons, base 1.6s have a tall crown, EFI & HO 1.6s have the tallest crowns of stock 1.6 pistons.
 

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That's not that bad, if I need to go that route
Definitely a good deal in my mind, my place quoted $500ish for stainless but being I only drive in the summer it would never rot out on me anyways so the aluminized is definitely the route I'm taking with my next few EXPs.
 

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It also depends on which 1.6 you have, the Turbos have shorter crowns on the pistons, base 1.6s have a tall crown, EFI & HO 1.6s have the tallest crowns of stock 1.6 pistons.
The person who had the 1983 Lynx was a base Lynx. My 1985GT was a non turbo.
 

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When replacing most items on the front suspension of 83 Escort, the production date is important. There is a production date split, before 2/1/83 or after. For sure different wheel bearings, struts most likely any front suspension part
 
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