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Hello all. I am new to this forum, but not at all new to the car scene.
I just acquired a 1997 Ford Escort 4 door which I'll be working on. It's got just over 140K km's and runs mint, but it has bad rust on the rear quarters and the rockers. My daughter will be working on it with me, and I think she has some fancy things in mind. She'll be learning to drive on this car, so I told her we can do whatever she wants to it, so who knows :) (I see a body kit in the future) I told her she can change the look however she likes, but the 4 cyl engine stays.

My wife and I owned a 96 Escort a few years ago and loved it, but traded it for a family wagon (Windstar).

Currently the Escort bunks with our Chev Express 12 Seater, and my 1985 Pontiac Fiero GT Custom (my true baby).

Hope to meet a few locals, and find out more info on the options for this car.
 

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Welcome to the forum. I recommend examining the brake lines for rust; where they run to the back axle & up beside the fuel tank. This area can only be seen by looking straight up from underneath. I had to replace mine on our 92 LX wagon last year - as one split open (in the driveway luckily)! The car had spent its first 15 years as a 'daily driver' in Northern Virginia, where the damage from road salt isnt usually a big factor.
Be sure to replace the timing belt when its supposed to be; at 160km I think. I also change the water pump and the radiator hoses when I replace a timing belt. (We have 3 2nd gen. Escorts in the family, all bought used.)

And congrats on getting your daughter to work with you on the car. My daughters managed to avoid learning about cars from me. They still like for me to fix their cars now though.
 

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Thanks!

I did see the brake lines when I was under there, and they will be done, as well as some from suspension work.

I rebuilt my Fiero from the ground up after I bought it from a scrap dealer, so I know about looking in all of the little unseen corners for rust :}. I am building another engine for it now.

My daughter is the oldest of 5 (soon to be 6 kids. They all love helping out around the shop :}

Where is a good place to look for replacement rocker panels for a gen 3 4dr?
 
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