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Hello! Proud owner of a red 91 3 door

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Kitteh5, Feb 21, 2015.

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    Kitteh5 FEOA Member

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    Hello! I just kind of bought a Escort sight unseen really, from a Jacky Jones Lincoln dealer in Gainesville, GA. My dad and I have agreed to buy it, haven't test driven yet, but going to today, and probably pay for it as well. I'm 14, and you might wonder why I have a car. I have one because why not? The things I know about it are:
    1.9 CVH/SEFI engine
    5 speed
    3 door
    red
    comes with sport rims/sticky tires
    needs a starter, pass. door window regulator (manual windows), and something with the HVAC system.
    Clearcoat is faded, needs a nice cleaning.
    Will have pics soon.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the forums! It might take a while to get the Escort ready for being a daily driver or cross country vehicle, by which time you might be 16. I started driving old farm trucks as soon as I was able to push the brakes far enough and hard enough to stop them (no power brakes or steering on 1937 Fords), when I was 12.; though I was mostly but not entirely on private land. There was a 12 year old in VA who had a limited driving license, he being the only relative his mother had who was able to drive her for twice weekly dialysis treatments.

    I would question that it really needs a starter. Escort ignition switches (the electrical part) are known for wearing out, and there are other reasons that the starter may not be working, such as a bad clutch pedal interlock switch. I have 6 2nd gen Escorts in my family. The only two times I replaced a starter was when I was fixing one up for my daughter to drive to work - and she lives 2000 miles away from where I am: and when I was fixing up an Escort for a nephew who would be commuting to the community college in the mountains of North Carolina. The old starters were still working, I just did it for reliability. I also replaced both ignition switches for the same reason.
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    Kitteh5 FEOA Member

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    Well, I heard from the guy that all the electrical is fine, but the starter just fails at its job. I looked at in more depth, and the dash is cracked and the driver's seat is ripped at the left seam, but nothing a Pull A Part trip can't fix. Everything from an optical stance seems fine though. It's rough, but what can you expect for $625?

    EDIT: Forgot the camera, and everything that needs fixed can be. My dad has a Focus, and it's a newer, more complex version of this car essentially, so that has it going for me, I guess.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    You can get service manuals for them on ebay fairly cheap. A $625 price from a dealership is super good.
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    Thanks for the help, need to wait until Monday to test drive it and buy.
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