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ok first off, this is my first post. I've been reading these fourms for about 3 months to get ideas. I have a 1992 Escort LX-e with the Mazda GTX 1.8L. and my friends think its a piece of crap just because it's an escort (one has a '95 mustang, the other a '98 eclipse, both manual). the first thing I would like to do is replace the automatic tranny with a manual one. the other thing would be to put a turbo in it. just to show them that my car can "box" with the rest of them. the only problem is that I don't know how to do any of that. I don't know what parts I would need or how much it would cost, but I'm not afraid to learn (the car only cost me $100 and I got a free cable descrambler with it so it wasn't a bad deal at all). My dad knows a lot about cars and he can help me. thanks
 

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1. It's a 1.8 :)
2. Good luck, you have quite a bit of work ahead of you for not knowing much of anything about cars. Just search around the forums and start with easy stuff to get a general knowledge of engines. Go to the ::gasp:: library, get a few books, check 'em out. It's by no means an easy task changing transaxles and installing turbos, so you're going to need all the help you can get. Your car will be out of commission for weeks, if not months, so you may want to get a cheap back-up car while this is being done. Good luck!
 
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