I've never had a routine alignment done on any of the Escorts I've owned. If you think about it, there's next to nothing to adjust on the front end, and nothing to go out of alignment unless a part gets damaged in an accident or wears out. If the car drives straight during the test drive, with a centered steering wheel and even tire wear all around, that's good enough for me. When I have to replace a tie-rod end, I try to match the original position as best as possible, and then tweak it to re-center the steering wheel. This works because usually only one side fails at a time. New front struts get installed in the default position, just like the old ones. There's virtually no play in the 2 lower mounting bolts (front or rear). On the rear end, there's no need to adjust the camber cams, they're probably frozen from rust anyways. Although my last Escort had a bent lower lateral arm, probably from the last owner backing into a curb stop. Never noticed the problem until I had to replace the strut, and the quickstrut had a larger diameter spring than the original, so it scraped the inner fender wall. The cam was fully adjusted outward, but it wasn't enough. I had to use a different brand of spring that had the same original diameter. The golden rule of auto repair (and other fields) is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Your original mechanic should have asked you if you had pulling problems when he saw the camber that far out of alignment. You would have said no, and he should have left it alone. Like you said, not worth the time and money to discover the underlying cause on a 19 year old car.