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1991 Ford Escort 1.9L - Trying to keep grandma’s golfing car running

The above was my introduction to this site when I first started posting. It has been about a year since I last posted issues with the '91 not starting consistently. Then I replaced the idle air control valve and it has reliably started every time since then. Lately I was thinking I should post an update stating how excellent things have been going and how the car may survive my children using it. Then today happened...

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My son was driving at the time. Fortunately he is fine, just a little shook-up. He said someone cut him off and then immediately slowed down requiring him to hit the brakes. Conditions were icy and he spun out of control. No other cars involved which is pretty amazing considering he was on a busy freeway. He called his sister to come and get him so I have yet to see the full extent of the damage. The police were called and eventually it was towed away. I assume it is sitting in the SGI (Sask. Government Insurance) salvage lot. Expecting that it will be written off as a total loss.
 

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Sad to see it; another escort lost.
I had similar damage to my 92LX, and repaired it myself. Had to get a hood, passenger side fender, front bumper, radiator and radiator support, an engine accessory bracket, headlamps, turn signal, and a hood release mechanism. After going out of state, (to Gettysburg Pa) for $400 worth of parts, I fixed it up the next weekend. That was in 2007.
If doing the same repair today I would start looking for a donor car having an intact front bumper, since I havent seen any of them for the last several years on ebay or anywhere else. And I avoided reporting the accident, since the car was still driveable the couple of miles home from the accident site though the alternator and power steering were not working. The other car in the accident was the back end of an F150 - that barely had even a scratch on an already rusty rear bumper. It happened on a rainy day, during rush hour
Of course your car it will be declared a total loss. Heck, my car would have been considered a 'total loss; when it was given to me in 2006 due to the transmission having worn out, at 192,000 miles. But I had rebuilt the transmission, did a minor rebuild to the engine, (rings, main seals,) and used it as daily transport for the next 15 years and about 158,000 further miles. I did have to do other normal maintanence; a timing belt and water pump, power steering pump, steering rack assembly, tie rod ends,wheel bearings and ball joints, 4 new struts, a new rear bumper, new brake lines to rear axle, two exhaust systems, a windshield after a big locust branch fell and smashed it, etc.
Now I dont own it anymore, having given it (still running) to a nephew. His mother was the one who gave it to me years ago, and now that he is an adult, he had wanted it for some time. We sold our home in Virginia this summer, and it would have been an extra car to convey to our new home in Texas; where I already have three 2nd gen LX escorts, plus an escort parts car. We are only 8 miles from Mexico, so icy roads dont really happen.
 

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I've had a few cars "written off" by the insurance company over the years, but always was given the option of keeping it and getting slightly less money.
This was one or two hundred dollars I believe, which was the "salvage" i.e. scrap value the insurer would have received if it were sent to a junkyard.

I kept the cars and fixed them up and continued to drive them. Heck, one car was written off twice!
 

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I went to look at the car yesterday. The damage you described in your story sounds similar to what appears to be the case with my car. There is a lot of claims ahead of me (tow company lot was full!) so it will be a few weeks before I find out my options. As for parts, already started looking and it hasn't been good. There was an identical parts car in Regina a year ago. Missed opportunity but I didn't need it then.
 

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I've had a few cars "written off" by the insurance company over the years, but always was given the option of keeping it and getting slightly less money.
This was one or two hundred dollars I believe, which was the "salvage" i.e. scrap value the insurer would have received if it were sent to a junkyard.

I kept the cars and fixed them up and continued to drive them. Heck, one car was written off twice!
Exactly. My thread is up talking about how my current ZX2 has already been totaled twice. This last time I did the repair work myself and it came out pretty damn good. Just hit 210K miles on it, which is 11K more than it had on it when it got hit last time. Running absolutely great. The miles just keep on ticking... I really am planning on taking this car over 400K if that is possible. I don't know but I have a lot of parts already.
 

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Escort #1 was sandwiched in 2005. Bumpers were cracked and there was a large shallow dent in its teal lift gate, which not only still opened and closed but remained air tight. The car was totaled by the insurance company (it had almost 200,000 miles on it) and they paid me $1400. I was able to buy it back for $69, yes, sixty nine dollars. I then sold it for $1000 and used the $2400 toward the purchase of $5000 Escort #2, Mr. White. Mr. White was wrecked much worse than your '91 in 2016 and still lives. See Mr. Whites saga in the photo section. Mr. Black (Escort #3) also was wrecked much worse,also because of icy conditions and continued to be driven. Looks like a pair of bumpers, maybe some bumpers brackets (the steel parts that go between the bumper and the frame) and a corner light and you'll be good to go! Your doing the right thing looking for parts now. If you can't find something post it here. Also, buy extra bumpers, in 23 years of Escort ownership we've been through at least 5.
 

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The front bumper on my 93LX got smashed, and I couldnt find any. So got a 2" x8", painet gloss black, with an aluminum bumper from an 84 Plymouth Horizon bolted to the front of it. Doesnt look like much, but passed inspection and still gets me around town. I brought a replacement "front bumper cover" for a 2nd gen escort when we sold our house in Alexandria VA and drove down here. But its still in the "POD" till we get a storage shed constructed on our property.
 
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