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96 Escort LX custom front lip

Discussion in 'Exterior Modifications' started by projectrattles, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. projectrattles

    projectrattles New Member

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    Hey everyone, new guy here. I bought a 96 Escort LX hatchback with a friend for dirt cheap and we've been fixing it up.

    Since GTs are pretty hard to come by these days (and I really like the look of the GT over the LX) we decided to spice things up with some GT-esque touches.

    First thing we did was get a cheap off-brand GT grille from the internet:
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    I really liked the look of the GT's fog lights, so I got some lights from Harbor Freight for $16 and got to work.

    We also have an auto :vomit: '95 Tracer with a blown engine as a parts car. I noticed the lip at the bottom of the front bumper and had an idea. What if...

    So I broke out the jigsaw and cut it off. I laid it over the Escort's bumper and it looked beautiful. I broke out the plastic welded, fiberglass, and Bondo and got to work.

    Here's the bumper pre-Bondo:
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    Here's the (basically) finished product:
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    I also made some fiberglass inserts to fill in the gap between the top of the fog lights and the bumper that I need to put in. After that, we just need to sand things down and paint the front end and she'll be looking beautiful!

    Also, check out @projectrattles on Instagram for more on the build.

    instagram.com/projectrattles
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  2. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I think it will look good after painting. It's hard to appreciate now with the distracting bondo that's not fully finished.

    How's the fit of the aftermarket grille?
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    projectrattles New Member

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    I'm gonna do a semi-ghetto Rust-Oleum job for the winter and then get some color-matched paint and do it right come spring.

    The grille fits alright, thanks to the help of 4 zip ties holding it in place:roflmao:. The plastic mounting tabs are pretty weak though so they keep breaking off (and I've just been using a plastic welder to reattach them).
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Cool. I can always respect a modders attempts at improving their rides!

    I've been wanting to do something like this to the front and rear bumper. Front would get some sort of air dam but it needs to be flexible as the car already rubs going in and out of driveways sometimes. The rear I want to add a little more height to surround the tail pipe better. Also looking to fabricate a rear wing.

    John
  5. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    That actually looks rather nice. Can't wait to see it painted

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