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So I want to get my heads ported and polished how much is that going to run me? Just looking for a estimate... And how can I check the compression in my engine? Im just trying to work from the ground up... what should I start with? I mean Im not just going to slap some stuff on the car and let it blow up on me... lol

Maybe some one can give me like a 10 step list on what to do first... im looking to spend little by little to make this car atleast 350hp to 400hp so I can race these big headed honda racers at my job... lol

So basically here are the details the car is in real good shape probly because it was a 1 owner car... runs smooth starts right away. Ive had the car for about 3 months and have been keeping up with the regular maintainance... its an 89 escort lx 5door 80,000 miles 1.9L CVH

I really dont have to much knowledge when it comes to cars im kinda a rookie :lol: so atleast i can admit that I love cars and its kinda my passion. my girlfriend gets mad at me cuz i spend more time researching my car then I spend time with her... lol but thats ok as soon as i get this thing going i cant wait to take it to those rice rockets at my job.... lol so far ive learned alot since i been on here and people have been really nice and gave me alot of advice... Thanks

So whoever can help me out that would be GREAT again im a rookie and dont know too much about cars but am good with tools... Im a plumber not a mechanic...

SO WHAT SHOULD I START OUT WITH FIRST?
-IM THINKING PORT AND POLISH CYLINDERS HEADS
-FLUSH TRANSMISSION
-CHANGE WATER PUMP
-TIMING BELT

I REALLY WANT TO TEST MY TRANSMISSION HOW DO I CHECK THAT?
ALSO I WANT TO CHECK THE COMPRESSION HOW DO I CHECK THAT TOO? ANYONE?
 

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In the for sale section stickies is this...

http://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... ic&t=53657

That should give you an idea of your expenses. In the meantime, a new tranny filter wouldn't cost that much. You midas well do as a preventive maintance item. You should be around 12 dollars for the filter w/ gasket, and about 12 for a gallon or so of fluid.

If you are dead set on the porting and polishing thing, that's when you do the water pump and timing belt (the belt is supposed to be a one time install anyway). Unless your belt breaks or water pump goes bad in the meantime. In that case, do the two of those
 

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Checking compression you'll need a compression gauge, just take the spark plugs out, screw the compression gauge into one of the spark plug holes, hold the throttle wide open and turn the engine over about 4 or 5 revolutions, read the compression gauge, reset the gauge and repeat on each cylinder. Should take about 45 minutes to an hour to remove plugs, check compression and put the plugs back in.
 

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With that number of miles I would say it should be somewhere in the neighborhood of 125-150 PSI. I am just guessing, it all depends on the condition of the motor. My '88 Pony with 496K miles, about a year ago, I think the compression numbers were 105-110-110-115.
 

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350-400 hp is a very lofty goal, and one that will take several thousand dollars of money in order to reach. Besides...you don't need that kind of power to beat a Honda. Yes, I've opened myself up to a flaming. Whatever.

If you wanted a 10 step list, I'd suggest this..being semi serious.

1. Get lots o' money. Steal it from Lucky, the Trix rabbit, or the Vernor's gnome if need be. Or sleep with Bill Gates.
2. Tear the car down to its basic parts.
3. Replace the entire suspension with custom built stuff.
4. Tear engine down.
5. Rebuild engine with race grade parts...for a simpler method, just take it to a hotrod shop and let them massage things.
6. Convert the car to manual, and try to get some hardened, straight-cut gears to handle the power.
7. Get a strong clutch and custom axles.
8. Completely replace/upgrade the brakes.
9. Put it all together again, work out the kinks.
10. Waste your time spinning the front wheels.
 
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