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Hi everyone. So as you might have guessed from the title, I own a 2 door North American 1993 Ford Escort LX. Now I want to convert it from front wheel drive to all wheel drive. Now obviously there are alot of hurtles to overcome to do this. First in the way is the cars exhaust. It runs down the middle of what would normally be the drive draft tunnel. However I think that would be super easy to reroute to get it out of the way. Especially with so many kits for doing custom exhaust, probably shifting it over and down to the right even hoping to offset the weight of the transmission to improve balance. Now next down the line in the way is the gas tank. Now I think it would be more than possible to replace that and get the stock Gastank out of there. Now I was thinking of replacing it with an aftermarket 20 gallon racing fuel cell, but where 馃 to put it? Well I was thinking the best place to put it would be in the back in the traditional place underneath the trunk. But there's a bug problem there its the storage place gor the spare tire/donut. Now it appears to be taking up a good chunk of space, but is there enough space that can be freed up from removing the spare tire space yo fit the new fuel cell? Thats the first big question. Then there is the question of what transmission and rear-end, differentials, drive-shafts, transfer case, and transmission to use? Now my left knee is more or less destroyed and I need an automatic though im planning to use a ratchet shifter. Additionally im hoping to keep the 1.9L inline four which im hoping to put on about 20 lb of boost. I want to get horsepower and make her even more gun to drive however as my daily I need to keep her street-able. My target for power is 220 hp to 270 range. So I'd love to get everyone's thoughts and advice.
 

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Hi everyone. So as you might have guessed from the title, I own a 2 door North American 1993 Ford Escort LX. Now I want to convert it from front wheel drive to all wheel drive. Now obviously there are alot of hurtles to overcome to do this. First in the way is the cars exhaust. It runs down the middle of what would normally be the drive draft tunnel. However I think it
Seems like a lot of work to finish up with something that will still look like an escort - thgouh probaby lifted to lget the exhaust run down the underside. I iked my 92LX (automatic) escort well enough that I wanted to see what it was like to have a 5-speed. Rather than the work of doing a conversrion (since its is Not a plug and play change ) I bought a 94LX that neeed engine and cutch work. I still have both cars 12 years later, both still commonly driven. In Feb this year we drove from far south TX to west seattle, a trip of 3000 miles, and got 39mpg.
My vague impression is that the stock Escort front suspension is probably too light for handling 200 horsepower. Same for the escort front brakes. Heaven knows what transmission you would get that would have a pickoff for a driveshaft to the rear end too.
 

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Lol if I wanted to leave it stock I would have bought a GT. Tbh the drivetrain as is can handle up to 400 hp I have seen it done, and the clearance as is should be fine for the inch and a half or so that I would be hanging down. That said I was thinking of listing her an inch or two already. Just depends, im kinda looking to do some extreme and crazy moding.
 

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Doesnt the rs200 use a cvh motor maybe find out what transmissions they use or it could at least get you in the right direction for drivetrain ideas
 

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Doesnt the rs200 use a cvh motor maybe find out what transmissions they use or it could at least get you in the right direction for drivetrain ideas
Not a bad idea in theory but shipping parts from England would far exceed my budget. Though im looking into the Mazds CX-5. But not sure if it would fit and match up.
 

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Hi everyone. So as you might have guessed from the title, I own a 2 door North American 1993 Ford Escort LX. Now I want to convert it from front wheel drive to all wheel drive. Now obviously there are alot of hurtles to overcome to do this. First in the way is the cars exhaust. It runs down the middle of what would normally be the drive draft tunnel. However I think that would be super easy to reroute to get it out of the way. Especially with so many kits for doing custom exhaust, probably shifting it over and down to the right even hoping to offset the weight of the transmission to improve balance. Now next down the line in the way is the gas tank. Now I think it would be more than possible to replace that and get the stock Gastank out of there. Now I was thinking of replacing it with an aftermarket 20 gallon racing fuel cell, but where 馃 to put it? Well I was thinking the best place to put it would be in the back in the traditional place underneath the trunk. But there's a bug problem there its the storage place gor the spare tire/donut. Now it appears to be taking up a good chunk of space, but is there enough space that can be freed up from removing the spare tire space yo fit the new fuel cell? Thats the first big question. Then there is the question of what transmission and rear-end, differentials, drive-shafts, transfer case, and transmission to use? Now my left knee is more or less destroyed and I need an automatic though im planning to use a ratchet shifter. Additionally im hoping to keep the 1.9L inline four which im hoping to put on about 20 lb of boost. I want to get horsepower and make her even more gun to drive however as my daily I need to keep her street-able. My target for power is 220 hp to 270 range. So I'd love to get everyone's thoughts and advice.
Converting from front wheel to all wheel drive will require some extensive sheet metal surgery. The tunnel will need to be raised to accomodate the drive shaft along with all the new attach points needed to secure the all wheel drive system. Do you have a particular make/model in mind to use for the retrofit? I'm guessing the all wheel drive is coming off a WRX? That seems to be the logical candidate since it's probably closest in size in regards to fitment. I would think that by raising the tunnel you should have enough room to run the exhaust underneath the drive shaft. If I remember correctly the rear diff out of a fox body mustang has a small form factor and should fit nicely underneath your car without having to notch out the floor to fit the diff.

From what I've learned about weight balancing as long as you place the drive train between the axle lines you should be able to achieve better balance in the car. I have a Chevy project that we pushed back the motor for better weight distribution. We pushed the LS7 mount points 6 inches back from the original mount position. By doing this we had to have a custom scatter shield made to accommodate the extra length we had pushed the engine back. We also had to have a custom drive shaft made so I opted to have one made out of carbon fiber to shave a few pounds off the overall weight along with lowering the rotating mass. Since you'll be turning the trans and motor to run lengthwise to the car you're going to have to calculate the pinion angle of the drive shaft, etc. I write all this so that you can see how much work this is and all the detail that goes into doing it right.

Gas tank is a simple solution. 20 gal double wall race bladder. You'll have to cut a hole where the spare goes and will have to fabricate the tank support structure along with running new fuel lines. More metal fab.

Look into swapping the 1.9 for a factory turbo GTX. The engine in stock form should reach your HP goals.

Honestly, if you're going to be doing this much work and moving motor and tranny mount points around I would look for newer engine that will fit in the bay that puts out more power than the 1.9

Most of todays motors, even on grocery getters, have more power than our motors. Maybe a motor out of a Toyota Camry and pair it with a toyota tranny. Both engine and transmission will run faster, smoother and more reliably than your present setup.

John
 

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Converting from front wheel to all wheel drive will require some extensive sheet metal surgery. The tunnel will need to be raised to accomodate the drive shaft along with all the new attach points needed to secure the all wheel drive system. Do you have a particular make/model in mind to use for the retrofit? I'm guessing the all wheel drive is coming off a WRX? That seems to be the logical candidate since it's probably closest in size in regards to fitment. I would think that by raising the tunnel you should have enough room to run the exhaust underneath the drive shaft. If I remember correctly the rear diff out of a fox body mustang has a small form factor and should fit nicely underneath your car without having to notch out the floor to fit the diff.

From what I've learned about weight balancing as long as you place the drive train between the axle lines you should be able to achieve better balance in the car. I have a Chevy project that we pushed back the motor for better weight distribution. We pushed the LS7 mount points 6 inches back from the original mount position. By doing this we had to have a custom scatter shield made to accommodate the extra length we had pushed the engine back. We also had to have a custom drive shaft made so I opted to have one made out of carbon fiber to shave a few pounds off the overall weight along with lowering the rotating mass. Since you'll be turning the trans and motor to run lengthwise to the car you're going to have to calculate the pinion angle of the drive shaft, etc. I write all this so that you can see how much work this is and all the detail that goes into doing it right.

Gas tank is a simple solution. 20 gal double wall race bladder. You'll have to cut a hole where the spare goes and will have to fabricate the tank support structure along with running new fuel lines. More metal fab.

Look into swapping the 1.9 for a factory turbo GTX. The engine in stock form should reach your HP goals.

Honestly, if you're going to be doing this much work and moving motor and tranny mount points around I would look for newer engine that will fit in the bay that puts out more power than the 1.9

Most of todays motors, even on grocery getters, have more power than our motors. Maybe a motor out of a Toyota Camry and pair it with a toyota tranny. Both engine and transmission will run faster, smoother and more reliably than your present setup.

John
Lol wish I had thought of some of those they are pretty solid ideas but, well I sound out about the drive train from the AWD 1987 Ford Tempo. Apparently its a rare car but I got me a tranny and transfer case for one and now I just need the matching rear end. It was has similar dimensions and a similar wheel base so it should be easy to get it to fit. The tunnel is shallow on the 1987 awd ford Tempo. The transfer case hangs a little lower than normal but this means that I won't have to modify the body nearly as much. As I might otherwise. Well I hope at least lmfo in for a penny In for a pound I guess already bought the tranny. Couldn't find any info on if it had overdrive but it is a 4 speed automatic like the FWD I already have. It uses the same mounts and bolt patters so it should be a relatively simple process once I have the rest of the parts.
 

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Doesnt the rs200 use a cvh motor maybe find out what transmissions they use or it could at least get you in the right direction for drivetrain ideas
Hey bro thanks I dont know much about the British Escorts though im a huge fan from what I do know. Anyways your comment got me thinking on the turbo charged diesle eco-boost 4 cylinder engine. Too my knowledge we didn't get it here in the states but trying to find info is like pulling teeth sometimes. Lol if what I have read is correct it should fit in the Escort un-modded, well except obvious changes needed for switching to diesle. That would give me a huge boost in horse power and a jump in fuel economy. Im also tinkering with installing HHO a friend of my friend has a system in his jeep and its pretty good at making the fuel costs affordable. To my knowledge it works even better in a diesle.
 

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the tempo was ;more similar in front suspension to a 1 gen escort than 2 gen. Auto trans was MTX 3 speed in tempo or 1 gen escort. manual 4 or speed available. The 3speed trans limited the tempo and 1st gen escorts for fuel mileage. The tempo was replaced with the Contour, to get better mileage car rather than developing a 4 speed auto for an aged car. The 1 gen escort or Tempo did not do anything great it just ran. If you found 3.0L tempo with a spd that was a different story.
 
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