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Hey guys, I haven't been around in a long time... the motor went in my Escort almost a year ago. It's pretty much sat while I changed jobs and moved in with my fiancé. Nothing has been done, the car has just been sitting in the weeds...


My Galant has 184k miles and it's starting to show, and my 45 mile per day commute isn't helping. I need to get the Escort back on the road. I have been planning a turbo build for years, so I thought this would be the time to do it.

I'm going to try to chronicle the process in this thread.
 

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Parts list so far:

-Garret T25 from a 2g Eclipse
-DSM manifold
-XR4Ti ECU, VAM, injectors
-roller cam head
-1990 LX bottom end with 102k miles
-fmic from Galant VR4
-1g DSM BOV

...test fitting the turbo to make sure the hood will shut:





Over the weekend, I picked up the motor. I'm pretty excited because it was a lower mileage car, and the cylinders look pristine. I still need to check all of the bearings.



I'll keep you posted as things get accomplished.
 

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It's been a long time, but I'm finally starting to get things rolling. I'm taking the head to the machine shop today to get checked for whatever it may need. I've also been busy powder coating! Now that things are rolling, I feel I should be able to make fairly steady progress from here. I'll keep updating as things get accomplished.


 

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WOW :eek: how did you get the cover and intake looking so Brilliant? Is the gold and blue powder-coat as well?
 

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Thanks twobit! The blue is powder coat, the "gold" is actually just the reflection of the walls in that room. I first coated the blue, then masked that off and coated the rest textured black. Then I polished the raised parts. It's a little hard to tell, but I also coated the fuel rail textured silver.
 

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thats funny, the color it looks like in the picture is actually the factory color. Most fade to silver or an in between color. I was lucky to get one with only 24k on it. and luckily it hasn't faded yet.

Dont stop with just those!
 

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niiiiiice. i painted mine and it looks like crap compared to yours. that's frickin beautiful man.
 

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whats the address to ship mine to you .... how much :)
 

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Well, the machine shop informed me my head was no good. :x Whoever did the prior machine work did a poor job. So I got another one from the junkyard and dropped it off today... we'll see if this on is any good. Hopefully it is- this head was never off of the car before.

As for the powder coating, I did it all through my work, at JNZ Tuning.
The charge for the valve cover is $50 per coat (2 coats if you want the blue) and $25 to polish the fins.
The intake manifold is $75 per coat (that includes the lower and upper) and $25 for polishing.
So to get everything done like mine would run $225. Without the blue- $175. Without polishing- $125.
If it's still something you're interested in doing, let me know!
 

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UPDATE:

I got the head back from the machine shop FINALLY! Now it's time to start preping everything. Right now I'm in the process of porting the exhaust ports to match up to the DSM manifold. This morning I gave the block a coat of Ford Blue.



I'm leaving my current job at the end of next week, so I'm trying to at least have the motor assembled before I go. With that said, I should be updating almost daily for the next week or so.
 

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88ESCORTV6 said:
Go Go Go. but you leaving your Job for a better Job? Well I hope.

looking good and clean.
Thanks! The new job is basically the same work (mechanic) but it's 15 minutes from home (instead of 45) AND better pay... So I'd say it's a step in the right direction :D

The Escort project took the weekend off, as my Galant got a fresh head and new cams. Head is on...






Manifolds are on...





...more to come!
 

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loooking good!
 

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Good to hear that the story will continue. Any chance of repairing the missing pictures from the early posts?
Have you calculated the compression ratio?
Is the XR4Ti also equipped with a CVH engine?
 

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Good to hear that the story will continue. Any chance of repairing the missing pictures from the early posts?
Have you calculated the compression ratio?
Is the XR4Ti also equipped with a CVH engine?
The XR4Ti has a 2.3 OHC engine, with nearly identical FI system, I think only other system from Ford that era that used the Vane Air Meter!
 

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OK, where to begin...

Well, first of all, sorry for the long hiatus. All I can say is "life happens". Mainly because I went from job to job, tugging the car along with me, not really having a chance to work on it. Also because my FEOA login no longer worked (thanks Philip!).

Anyhow, here is the update:

In March of 2016, I was fired from an independent shop in town (turned out to be a major blessing in disguise). That forced me to shovel out my tiny garage and bring the car home. The engine went with me to my new job where I began to work on it again that summer.

I modified a 2.0 SPI windage tray to fit. The 2.0 main studs and the tray bolted in perfectly, but it needed trimming to fit inside the pan.



Next I had to plumb the turbo. I bought an adapter to T off where the oil pressure switch mounts.

 
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