Had some leftover metallic red paint and clearcoat... | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)
  1. Wash your hands and do not touch your face, keep it safe and clean. Long live Feoa!

Had some leftover metallic red paint and clearcoat...

Discussion in 'Interior Modifications' started by ArmyofOne, Aug 25, 2013.

  1. ArmyofOne

    ArmyofOne FEOA Member

    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    38
    So I took the liberty of freshening up the escort's interior today. Started with the shift knob. Rather than tape off and cut out each individual number/letter and the pattern with an x-acto blade, I simply painted the numbers and wiped away the paint from the knob while wet, leaving the paint inside the recessed numbers:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    over the next week or so, the leftover paint will rub off.

    Onward!

    Next I did the gauge cluster. all the black was driving me nuts, and since this spiffy red matches the whatever red color is on the outside of the car, I decided it was all win from there. So I took out the green signal overlays:

    [​IMG]

    and painted the cluster:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]




    then I took out the vents from the black dash surround, and the vents from the side of the dash (Defrost for the door windows),and the radio/HVAC surrounds.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and this was the end result. only took about 3 hours start to finish:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
  2. 4cylinder

    4cylinder FEOA Member

    Messages:
    696
    Likes Received:
    126
    Trophy Points:
    193
    Location:
    san diego, ca
    this looks better than I thought it was going to look. The only thing I would mention that you should have done would be to mask off the trip odometer push button as the paint may rub/scrape off when using it
  3. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

    Messages:
    7,545
    Likes Received:
    924
    Trophy Points:
    413
    Location:
    Southwest Ohio
  4. ArmyofOne

    ArmyofOne FEOA Member

    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    38
    meh, that paint is not the worst thing my skin has touched. I will be ok.

    Thanks for the comments guys!
  5. BOSS302man

    BOSS302man FEOA Donator

    Messages:
    2,665
    Likes Received:
    44
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Location:
    Lebanon, PA
    Ok, what ARE you sticking your fingers into????
  6. ArmyofOne

    ArmyofOne FEOA Member

    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    38
    I have 36 months of time in combat (Iraq 15 months, Iraq again 9 months and then Afghanistan for 12 months). Use your imagination LOL.
  7. Intuit

    Intuit FEOA Member

    Messages:
    7,545
    Likes Received:
    924
    Trophy Points:
    413
    Location:
    Southwest Ohio
    Well, we initially shipped ya'll over there with no body/vehicle armor I guess it's no surprise we'd "stiff" ya'll on some gloves. Hope ya'll at least had some TP. Wow, welcome back. Hope the basic 'scort wasn't chosen out of financial necessity.
  8. ArmyofOne

    ArmyofOne FEOA Member

    Messages:
    119
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    38
    No, I drive this too:

    [​IMG]

    The 'scort is easy on gas around the base. The Ram tows my Bayliner.
  9. PColumbus

    PColumbus FEOA Member

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    108
    I've been thinking of doing something similar to my Tracer. How easy/difficult was it to remove parts of the dash?
  10. LariRudi

    LariRudi FEOA Donator

    Messages:
    2,341
    Likes Received:
    219
    Trophy Points:
    313
    What year is your Tracer? Gen 2 is easy. Drop the steering column by removing four bolt underneath the column; [may have to remove plastic shroud that surrounds the ignition switch and the column to access those bolts]. Then loosen 3 or 4 screws underneath that larger piece, and 2 or 3 on top side above speedo etc....

    After it's "loose", tug mostly on left side; pull it out gently until you can reach the mirror controls connector [Ford nicely made THIS piece of wire long enough to make this part manageable]. Now you can swing it out far enough to reach the rear defroster controls' connector................ remove it, presto.

    I don't know about the radio/heater controls panel, nor the AC/Heater vents.

    [Edit; PS, my experience is with a 1993 Escort LX SW 1.9]

    LarryR
  11. PColumbus

    PColumbus FEOA Member

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    108
    Mine is 1 98 (3rd Gen)
  12. LariRudi

    LariRudi FEOA Donator

    Messages:
    2,341
    Likes Received:
    219
    Trophy Points:
    313
    Might be similar, but I've heard/read that Instrument Cluster removal is EASIER on Gen 3. And if I remember right, the EASIER part is that you don't have to drop the steering column?

    Hoping I'm not mis-leading you.

    LarryR
  13. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

    Messages:
    3,446
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    263
    Location:
    Southern Indiana
    Gen 3 is pretty easy. The steering wheel does not need to be dropped. The cluster can be removed within 30 mins.

Share This Page