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My name is Cody and I collect Escort parts, you could say that i have a problem I guess. If you happen to be looking for something Escort related, be it rare OEM parts, or F.I. parts, or anything else, you are in luck. I may have what you are looking for. PM me if you have a part you are looking for, I may have it or know where you can get it...
 

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So I was born and raised to bleed Ford Blue, after all Ford put food on our table from the time I was 1 until I moved out at age 19. Pops was a Triple Ford Masters Certified, Diesel Drivability, And Heavy Line Tech, as well as the Shop Forman at their dealership. Growing up I was the one always at the track with him, or in the garage working on the hot rods, or at work with him, putting glow plugs in F350's at the age of 12. But that's enough of that.

My first Escort was the fifth car I owned. It was a beautiful 94 Wagon with 61,467 miles on it the day I bought it. I've always loved wagons since being a kid, Nomads, Country Sedans & Squires (Galaxie and Fairlane) Audi RS6, you name it I liked it. Anyway, It was my senior year in high school, and I was collecting... I also had a Tempo, The SHO and the Turbo Legacy, and mom one day told me that three had to go, so I worked on the ones I wanted to sell, making them a little bit nicer ect.

I kept the slowest one of them all, haha, the Escort. I think it was because it was the nicest car of the bunch, and I was addicted to the way it drove. The steering was so tight, turn the wheel a tiny bit, and the car followed, None of the others had quite as much personality as the wagon did either.

Throughout the course of my ownership I did several "modifications" to the car. I first put silverstars in it, then I found a GT grille, shaved it and put it on, I Rhino-lined the top of the rear bumper, like some newer wagons have a plastic shield, I painted the wheels bronze first, and then decided black later on, Next I tinted the windows to 5% and it came out great, no purpling or bubbles here, I had tinted a few other cars before this, so I had some Idea what I was doing... although I never did tint the rear window, they scare me.

Then we finally did some real modifications. It got Eibach prokit springs, KYB GR2's (wish we had done S/R's) and a poly bushing kit. The wheels on the car when I bought it had way less offset than the factory wheels, and we really had to roll the heck out of the fenders at this point, scrub city. But as a result with the the widened stance, it had always handled well, and with the new suspension, the car took corners no problem, lift off the gas at the apex and it would actually start to oversteer if you flung it well enough, or it would just shoot through the twisties neutrally if you stayed in it. So handling and looks... done.

Next it was time for some power, I custom fabricated a stealthy cold air intake that actually looks like the stock air tube and air box, but had a K&N cone in the well under it, and three inch aluminum piping skinned with the stock rubber over the top... my little secret, because It is super easy to do and I think I am going to start selling them sometime. You'd never expect where I got the parts from. This really just made the car sound Awesome, maybe gained a few lb/ft, maybe. Then I pieced up an axle back with stock sized piping and no muffler, and an oval tip the was the exact same size on the short diameter as the stock piping, and maybe an inch wider than it. It was a stealthy look, and was not super ricey. The car from inside actually sounded like it had a little bit of that Subaru rumble going on between the intake and exhaust, and it sounded pretty decent on the outside. But all of this never really made the car any faster, maybe just a hair.

I actually used to race it on top of South Table Mountain, where the Colorado state Patrol has a training course. My buddy Marcus was the photographer for the C.S.P. and he had an STI, so the cops gave him a key for the track. We used to get about 10-15 Subaru's and a Ford ;) together on snowy nights @ midnight, and race on top of this mountain. The car was really fun in the snow.

At this point, My little brother was just getting his license, and My parents wanted him to drive in something other than their Windstar, So I purchased the Probe and they took the car for his use. My dad also drove and auto-crossed it on occasion. Between the two, the car wasn't really maintained the way I kept it. By that I mean, my brother slid into a snow bank, and the car had several dents and scratches that were never there.

In january of 07 I purchased the car from my parents in much worse condition then it was originally in. It had had one car wash in the year and a half they had it, and the interior was disgusting. So I spent the next two months restoring it to the old level of quality. One day while I was waxing the door frames (sorry I am meticulous) A police officer drove into the lot at our apartments, and started to question me about the vehicle, the whole "what all is done to it... etc." I told him nervously (thinking: why am I going to get a ticket this time?) Then he said "Well it looks like your hard work is paying off, this is the nicest looking station wagon I've seen that wasn't at least a 2000 or newer."

I was almost finished restoring it at that point, And after that it took two more days to finish. Then I went to work the next day, worked a 10 hour shift, thinking the whole time what was the next step for the car. I had decided that I was going to build a 1.9spi hybrid and turbocharge it, do a 4 wheel disk swap, and see how it was working then. Anyway, I got off work and decided to go get a new CD to throw in and go for a cruise.

I left work, going towards the music store, and found it odd that the traffic light I was approaching was green. It's one of those that is ALWAYS red when you hit it. So I cautiously looked both directions and both ways had cars stopped. There was a bus stopped in the left lane on the right side of the intersection and I could not see the right lane. I slowed a bit just in case, looked at the light again to make sure it was still green and then proceeded through the intersection. Out of the blue a jacka** in an F450 blew right through the red light. I slammed on the brakes and went right between his tires. My windshield was touching the bottom of his Cab. His frame peeled the hood skin clean off the hood frame, and a lot more damage was done from the rear tire of his truck stopping from 35 to 0 against my passenger fender. The air bag went off, burnt me up pretty bad. But I didn't care about that right away.

I got out of my car almost instantly, and my first instinct was to kill him, so I did. Well not really, but if looks could kill, he would look like I had poured gasoline all over him, threw a lit zippo at him, slowdanced to a song with the wifey, meanwhile the doctors had him on life support. After the dance I threw him into a tank of water to cool him off, and then charged the water with like eleventy trillion volts of electricity. I was MAD. I turned away from him and never said even one word to the guy. A Coors (yeah the beer) security guard called the cops because he saw the whole thing.

I guess the cops talked to him and he said that he was in a rush, and had never seen traffic going the direction I was headed at that intersection, so he decided that it was safe to run the light. Then he told them that I shouldn't have have been driving that way right then because he was going to be late now. When I heard that I even more angry, then I took notice to the fact that the only damage that was done to his truck was a dent on the bottom of the cab that was the size of a baseball.

It sucked, and to top it off the rental company wouldn't rent to me because I was only 20, So I got my girlfriends mom to rent a car, and I borrowed her 2004 V8 Explorer. Then while having the car checked out by the insurance company, I decided that I hate insurance companies, his insurance company said it was totaled. Ok, how much are you going to give me? They said $900 and that it would be $800 to buy my car back. WTF? I told them to go to hell, and that they could talk to my lawyer from now on... They kinda were a little bit nicer then, and after two months negotiating and faxing receipts that I had for the car, I finally had two checks in my hand. One for $1800 (purchase price) and one for $2000 (maintenance, repairs and modifications.)

But that still was nothing compared to the sentimental value, and to top it off, now it was going to be $2000 to buy it back, so I pulled a fast one on them, and yanked everything off the car that I could replace with the stock parts, but only had 6 hours to do it before they picked the car up from my dads shop. I got most of it, but didn't get the suspension because I had no stock pieces to put back on it. :(

I took my checks, decided the $1800 one was to start collecting parts for my next wagon (which I am still doing) and the $2000 one went to getting a flat panel HDTV, An Xbox 360, and my dirt bike.

I have been holding out for another pristine 2nd gen wagon that wasn't $4000, and still have not found one I truly love. I would love for it to be the same color as the old one with a tan interior, but I would also take one in the light metallic blue w/tan, or White w/tan. But It has to be perfect. Most likely 80-100K, single owner, and garaged. My old one was a little old man's car, garaged with about 61.5k, and time has gone on since 2004, so higher miles is to be expected, but condition should be the same or better.

Next update will include the list of parts I have for the wagon project, how I ended up with the 89 GT, and possibly something about the 99 tracer.
 

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Okay, So now is time for the good stuff.

First off let me explain my goal for the wagon project.

The wagon is going to be the summer time daily ride. I want it first of all to be comfortable and reliable. I want it to look 90% stock to people who don't know escorts, and 10% stock to those who know them well. It will handle extremely well, as well as stop and go better than stock. It must be extremely clean. I will do whatever it takes to make sure this car is perfectly straight, scratch and dent free, and shining at all times. It is going to be safe and fun to drive, and free of rice.

I have a certain level of sleeper built into my DNA it seems. My dad's race car looks like a stock 64 Fairlane with a tiny amount of resto-mod added in. It has had no modifications that cannot be 100% reversed if he ever chose to restore it to original condition. It has a full original interior that was restored only with N.O.S. parts (New Old Stock, not Nitrous Oxide) It is an all-motor 347 car with four mufflers, and produces less sound than a civic with an intake. But it runs low 12's at this altitude on street tires. It would be a low 11 second car at sea level.

With this as the background, here is my plan:

Using only the highest quality Aftermarket brand name parts, as well as (IMO) the best quality and best looking OEM Mazda, Mercury and Ford parts, I plan on building this car once, and having it "done" until I decide I want more.

So without further a due;
the parts list of stuff I have: (to be updated regularly)

Interior:
Full MX3 lower dash and center console swap
Black MX3 one-piece buckets
Mx3 Shift boot
Shortened throw stock shifter (thanks thereildeal)
Pioneer DEH-P4000 head unit
160 GB Ipod hardwired and hidden (controlled through head unit)
Alpine S-type mids, and Fosgate tweeters
Pioneer 5x7" Three ways for the rear
Pioneer 760 watt amp
1 pioneer 10" sub mounted in a custom box like my 89's to preserve trunk space
Autometer Pro-Comp Ultra-Lite boost gauge (20psi max)
Manual seatbelts
a lot more to come...

Exterior:
MX6 Front Lip
Protege LX power and folding mirors
Mid GT fanblades
93ish Civic hatch spoiler. (only if we can modify it to fit and look oem)
more to come...

Suspension:
Alexdgr8's old coilovers
Corksport Front and TypeII rear strut tower bars
EnergySuspension master kit
Mx3 rear tie bar
Intrax Rear Sway bar
5mm rear spacers
Front MX3 control arms w/modified sway bar mount
much more to come...

Brakes:
Rear Disk swap
New calipers, rotors and pads soon
Corksport 4Wdisk stainless lines with black color coating
more to come still

Engine:
89GT Hemi HO head
89GT Intake mani, going to be highly modified
GSXR 1100 Throttle bodies
IN PROGRESS: ITB common plenum AWIC project.
RS1600 Valve cover
JoshLX's T28 manifold
Garrett Disco Potato
Various other turbocharging stuff (BPV, boost controller, waste gate etc.)
much more to come...

Tranny:
other than the short throw and shifter bushings nothing yet. Have big plans here including an lsd equipped g-box.

Other:
Racetracer's secret management to come eventually.

I know I have lots more that I have forgotten. I'll update more soon.
 

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So today I was flipping through craigslist out of curiosity, always on the lookout for my replacement for the wagon project. I think I found it... More miles, and a tad worse condition than I was looking for, but I am replacing almost everything on it anyway... so what the heck I figure, let's go check it out.

It's a 93 Tracer with a lot of miles, but accident and of course rust free. (I love Colorado!) Dark red metallic, but i think it's a lighter red than the old wagon was. 5-speed, and the best part... Only $500!

I just got back from checking it out and it needs an ignition switch, but overall it's pretty decent. It has power windows and locks already, so we may be using the whole setup I have and retrofitting it up on the third gen if it looks like it will work. If anyone knows if it will work or what all will have to be re-wired, if anything, pm me please. I know the power locks work differently in the two generations, but I'm not sure what else changed.

Anyway, tomorrow we are going back up there, installing an ignition switch, and test driving it. from there I will decide.

Here is a little teaser...

and for comparison my wagon the day I bought it
 

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Welp, It wasn't the ignition switch, it was actually the ignition lock cylinder. The metal tab that actually twists the ignition switch was broken off inside the switch... Needless to say, the car starts with a screwdriver right now, and it runs and drives very well, so I bought it.

YAY! The new wagon is now nic-named "Radio Tracer" Radio Flyer was the old escort, because it was a little red wagon, and so to go off that name I decided to replacer flyer with tracer. It will also continue to go by the name "The wagon project."

Next step, purchase a new ign lock cylinder and Continue to collect parts. Also, most importantly, detail the crap out of Radio Tracer. (it realllllllly needs it)
 

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So I started cleaning and modifying the wagon, the day after I bought it... I couldn't wait. I had the itch..

So, I have so far done a lot of the stuff I have for it.

I installed the MX3 lower dash, center console and seatbelts, the Pioneer deck.

I also disassembled and painted some Protege LX power mirrors with a textured black paint, they look factory on the car, had the car had the right mirrors to begin with. I got a set of protege black interior door handles from the same car and put them in as well.

I installed the cork sport tower bars after painting the blue mounts black, and threw on the MX3 tie Bar.

I also dug out that old custom cold air intake and threw it on, at the same time I installed the large MAF from my old wagon.

I got an MX6 front lip for $4 today and will try to get it on tomorrow.

Also on the agenda for tomorrow is to get the control arms and rear linkage out of an MX3 at the junkyard, to do the 30mm widened track setup. I am also going to modify these to mount with my Tracer rear sway bar and third gen front sway bar, because I think that will work better and be cheaper than getting the mx3 ones.

I am still waiting on the Poly bushing set to come in, and deciding if I am going to replace the struts from alex's old coilover setup with new S/R's. (just to last longer, since we have no idea how many miles are on the current ones) And I decided that I want to get the Cusco front camber plates at the same time.

That should pretty much wrap up suspension... more to come later!
 

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My new seats. No wear or tear at all. Pretty much perfect. This is the second set of non ripped MX3 seats I have bought this week!
 

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Got a few projects done on the car recently.
Lowered on the H&R / S/R coilovers, 91/92 GT wheels, and manual seatbelts. 120mph speedo/tach cluster w/ silver needles, orange glow, and black bezel. MX3 rear seat which needs a lot of work still. (having custom end pieces made to match, and having the seat bottom re-upholstered after adding additional foam to make it the correct width.

here is a teaser:
 

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Alright. The Intrax rear sway bar is in. What a pain in the... It took 4 c-clamps and a prybar to align it enough to get the bolts started, the fit was boarder-line poor in my opinion, but man what a world of difference. I also did the coilovers at the same time so I don't have a direct stock to 24mm comparison, but with those two combined with the S/R struts, the 5mm spacers, the MX3 GS rear tie bar, the CorkSport front and rear STB's, and some of the E/S poly bushings installed, that car screams through the twisties! I am afraid it might be a little too drifty in the rain however, so my next suspension mods will be this: http://ultraracingcanada.com/?q=content ... zda-323-bg
this: http://ultraracingcanada.com/?q=content ... zda-323-bg
and a set of Dunlop Direzza Z1 Star Spec tires size 205/50/R15

After that, suspension will be wrapped up with the widened stance MX3 setup, and maybe a custom set of sub-frame connecters, (I've ditched the 3rd gen subframe Idea for now) and then it will be on to building the motor, getting the engine management sorted, having the exhaust built, bolting on the turbo and finishing my Individual Throttle Body common plenum AWIC project, and this thing will be ready for some serious thrashing. Then in a few years I will pull it all apart and have all the body work and paint done, then maybe a big brake setup and some other various crap.
 

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My Projects have taken a slight change in direction in the last 6 months. You could say I've crossed to the dark side. I sold my wagon to my dad. He is going to do a nice suspension setup, and possibly a zetec swap to it. I sold my 89GT to another guy on the forum, he doesn't post much, but he is really taking good care of it. He is going to turbocharge it using many of my spare parts. We got rid of the 99 tracer... it was crap anyway. I picked up a 4wd Protege and it's currently under the knife... Supercharged 1.8L BP DOHC with 10.0:1 compression and megasquirt, and a fully custom exterior treatment.

Now on to my newest project! I found another EGT. Not a first gen again, instead this is a beautiful green 95 EGT with a few small problems, nothing that isn't easily fixed though. I don't know what is going to happen to this one yet. For the time being just a mostly stock DD.

Anyway, that's all. Just a quick update. Maybe I'll have some pics of the new one tomorrow.
 

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Haven't updated this for a while. I've done a few crazy projects in the last two and a half years.

1.Here is a pic of the first 95 EGT I bought:



2. bought another 95 EGT. 5-speed swapped it and supercharged the shit out of it along with a long laundry list of cool parts.



3.started some cool stuff with the 4wd, but ultimately lost the car due to a realtor who screwed me over.



4.Bought and parted a 93 MX3 SE



5.Bought the wagon back from my Dad, and SPI swapped it.



6.did some custom body work to the wagon. Then spun a rod bearing on the SPI, so I KLDE swapped it.



7.then I supercharged it.



8.then I bought an 89 Probe GT





9.and a Miata





10. then I swapped the supercharger for a turbo.



11. the miata got run over by a crazy old lady in an explorer



12. went back to N/A so I could daily drive it reliably.





13. Now I have this too!



Five door For The Win.
---And finally I am collecting stuff for the ultimate N/A KL V6 swap for it.

(this is the short version of everything... I also bought a house, and tons of other things have happened too)
 
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