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Does anyone know where I can get one of these to install an aftermarket radio in the dash of a 91 escort? I cant for the life of me find one, I got one from my parts store and it comes with a few pieces but I have no idea how it works, does not look like it will fit. Can someone tell me where they go theres and post instructions if u gotem.
 

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Take the kit back. You don't need it. Your after market hu should have a metal sleeve on it. Take it off and put it in the opening. On either side there is a tab you push outward to lock the sleeve in place. After your wiring connections are made slide the hu in till in clicks. Turn on hu and listen to your tunes.
 

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Are you referring to a wiring harness kit for direct plug and play, or a bezel/trim kit? I have a "91 GT (same radio setup) and had no issue installing radio in org. slot. If you are using a single DIN radio, I can't imagine it won't install. Typical aftermarket radios have a metal sleeve that gets installed with flexible tabs and the radio then slides and clips into place.
 

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I am talking about the bezel not the wiring.

Hmm, I am not sure what you guys are talking about metal sleeve, but my radio does have metal tabs. I guess the part I need is the bezel. Will the factory bezel work? Because there is no border around the radio and it looks horrible. And also my radio seems like its too long, its just a regular old cheap cd player, I doesnt seem like it fits all the way in though.

So should I just find factory radio bezel?
 

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If your radio seems too long, then find out what is keeping it from seating they way you want it to and modify. Most likely, you will need to cut out the bracket that supported the rear of the stock radio. It sounds like you aftermarket radio is missing its trim piece. In that case, the only advise I have is to find one, make one, or paint the recess of the center console black to "hide" edges of radio.
 

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No I do, I took another look at it today. The metl tabs are bent back a little not letting it go in a the way. How do you bend the tabs once its in there though so it doesnt come back out? I am just missing the trim piece for the radio but I lost that when I had the cd player in my other car.
 

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No I do, I took another look at it today. The metl tabs are bent back a little not letting it go in a the way. How do you bend the tabs once its in there though so it doesnt come back out? I am just missing the trim piece for the radio but I lost that when I had the cd player in my other car.
Once the sleeve is in the dash opening, I usually just use a screw driver to bend the tabs back. It's cake.

Good luck with it!

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Heres what Im working with, I'll find a way to do it, shouldnt be hard, I gotta find a trim piece though. Or just buy a new cd player lol this thing is old.

 

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Yeah, the gray around your CD player is the sleeve. That needs to come off, and get installed by itself. Once it has been slid into the dash, use a screw driver to bend down the tabs. Then (after finding out what the obstruction is behind the dash that won't allow the radio to slide all the way in) slide the radio into the sleeve - it should click in place. Tha stock trim should fit around everything.



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Ah! gotcha, didnt realize the sleeve was supposed to come off, I guess thats what you guys were telling me this whole time though haha.
 

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Yeah! ;) All radios that I've ever installed come with a pair of tools that slide along-side the receiver (on each side) to release the receiver from the sleeve - here's a link (that will hopefully work) showing s couple of removal tools; http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywor ... fqbmvk1q_e

Your setup looks like it would most likely need one of the flat-type ones, like #2 or #3. This assuming you don't have the one that came with the radio......

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Also its probally getting stuck with the mess of wires thats in there after you add the harness. Thats what happened to mine. Just have to tuck it in there nice and tight.
 

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I have some questions since I found this particular subject up and running.

The kid that had my escort a couple owners ago ripped the wiring harness connectors out along with his own stereo's wiring harness adapter and the only favor he did me was to tape off the bared wire leads so it didn't ground out.

Since then, I bought a brand new Dual CD-770 (I think) CD player for the gaping hole, and I hit the salvage yards to find another harness I could resolder to the old one. I INTEND on trying to keep with the original harness, getting another (salvage, I'm sure) factory head unit to eventually stick back in it should I pass it on to a loved one. But for now, if I CAN'T use the original wiring harness due to pinched &/or cut wires, and heaven knows what all this kid chopped up doing or undoing his massive stereo system, I am capable of running all brand new wiring myself.

Some issues with this though:
#1. I have NEVER had good luck with door-mounted speakers as far as getting the door panels off and then back on - things like clips tend to crack and break, things end up not lining up properly, and/or other wires - like the electric mirrors I have on this car - might get pinched or something.

How can I get the door panels off and back on without breaking anything - unless they're going to anyway, then how do I get new ones?

(Maybe I should mention mine is a 92 4dr Hatch...)

#2. Do the rear speakers mount in the "suspended" rear deck lid below the hatch, or do they mount in the plastic body pieces that are clipped to the rear of the body over/behind the wheel wells? Since my car was rear-ended at some point in it's past, a lot of those plastic pieces are gone, and I no longer have the suspended deck cover either.

Thanks...

Zach
"The Pizza Guy"
 

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to remove your door panel.

First unscrew the two screws into your armrest.

second, take a hook shaped pic or some other tool that you can reach behind the window crank handle and pull the clip out that holds the window crank on

remove the screw that holds the door handle.

Take a trim removal tool, or a long flat screwdriver, and slowly move around the perimeter of the panel and pry outward every time you reach a clip.

Lift the panel upward to free it from the door.

installation is the reverse. go around the edge of the door after you push the panel back down, applying downward pressure till you line up the clips. once you have the clip lined up, give the panel a good whack over the area of the clip.

While you are putting the panel on, you are gonna have to kinda fish the handle back through, it is not hard to do though.

to reinstall the window crank, put the clip back on and push the crank on the stub from the regulator.

put the screws back in the armrest.

If the clips do break, which they often do, go to the parts store and they cost a few cents. You can also find them at a lot of hardware stores.

You should definitely try and return the harness to OEM style. You can find tons of these escorts in salvage yards, although you will find that you can take the harness from almost ANY ford vehicle produced since the mid 80s to replace the missing plugs in your escort. You are looking for ford vehicles with a rectangular plug. Square plugs are not the correct style for your 92. Otherwise, the harnesses are pretty much a universal part as far as fords go.
 

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Hi, EscortRestorer...

Thank you very much for your instruction and advice! As soon as my house is picked up I'm definitely going to get on this install. There are some Scosche kits at Wal Mart that appear to have some of these tools like you are describing, do you know if they are going to be appropriate? Last night I picked up the Ford wiring harness adapter for like $6 something at Wal Mart, and once I make sure all the existing wiring is good, I'll be getting out my soldiering gun and putting together all the appropriate wiring.

Again, thanks to you, and to whomever else responds additionally.

Zach
"The Pizza Guy"
 
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