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Did a quick search for Escort forums, this looked pretty good. I just picked up an 86 Lynx 5-door, not running, with 55K showing, 155 likely. Fairly straight, 5-speed, got it dirt cheap, thought it might be handy to add an econobox to my "fleet" of 1: 94 Caravan ES 3.8 AWD and 2: 89 Lincoln MK VII LSC (Lincolnsonline, SnotRod13).
Only thing I know about these cars is ... well basicly nothing, except I had a 91 Escort GT 5-speed that ran like a startled greyhound and got awesome mpg. Also a Mazda Protege AWD with single-cam engine and AT that could barely pull 70 up a hill and never got better than 18 mpg. My 5.0, 2-ton Lincoln does better.
Bought a Chilton on eBay this morning that covers 81-92. I've already learned from this forum that Gen 1 and Gen 2 aren't that compatible, engine-wise, so will be looking for tips on how to get the most from what I have, for the least $$$, from what's in it or what I can pick up to put in it.
I'm in the northern part of Idaho, found the car on Craigslist and for some reason I may eventually regret the idea of owning my first Merc appealed to me, so I towed it home and started checking it out. Couldn't do a compression test (ad claim: "needs head gasket" and we know that means something a lot worse on CL). My tester is press-fit type, so will have to get/make an adapter to fit. Initially saw weak spark on attempt to start, replaced corroded coil, no improvement. Will pull distributor and replace module and pickup once I do a little more testing.
Not sure what I'm going to do with this car; initial idea was to use as practice for paint job on the Lincoln, get it running and use it for cheap transportation and easier parking in company's tiny parking lot.
Before I go anywhere in the thing without a bag over my head I'll want to make it at least semi-presentable, so I'm thinking about covering up the faded red paint with basic white, good with the red interior (probably my least favorite upholstery color) and not requiring perfection in the metal work. Upgrade the 13-inch wheels, pump up that massive 88 hp with a few tweaks and use it while I restore the Lincoln if it's a reasonable driver, or sell it to a single mom if it's totally boring.
Just learning my way around the site, so pardon me if I ask a totally tarded question somewhere along the way. :roll:
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Welcome to the forums.
On the subject of retarded questions, I have one. Though I have never repainted a car that was previously red, I DID re-paint my airplane that had red designs painted on it - and learned that you MUST first spray the red paint with a special 'paint' coating whose purpose is to keep the pigment in the red paint from bleeding through into whatever color of paint you put over it - unless its also red.
I just dont know if this is true for automotive enamels & lacquers, like it is for the lacquers used on antique airplanes.
 

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Welcome to the forums.
On the subject of retarded questions, I have one. Though I have never repainted a car that was previously red, I DID re-paint my airplane that had red designs painted on it - and learned that you MUST first spray the red paint with a special 'paint' coating whose purpose is to keep the pigment in the red paint from bleeding through into whatever color of paint you put over it - unless its also red.
I just dont know if this is true for automotive enamels & lacquers, like it is for the lacquers used on antique airplanes.
Not sure about that specifically, but I know anytime you go from a dark to a light color there are challenges in getting coverage. A good primer coat should do the trick.
My original idea, and I may still do it, was to use the dark titanium for the Lincoln and add something to darken it a bit just to increase the challenge of getting a good spray job, since darker colors don't hide blems or errors as well, and the dark grey over red would be an interesting combo. I'm not that interested in doing a perfect job on the Merc, that's why I thought I might go with the white, which is also a lot cheaper to buy.
The red is so thin now that basic prep will probably take most of it off.
 
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