Good point. Rust is the only real problem that is hard to fix on these cars and I'm sure a good bit of the folks here would be willing to lend a hand if need be. I know I have helped more then my fare share of 80s escort owners over the years.Maybe you just need to send the "sick" Escort to the Escort Hospital. So long as it's not rusted out, you should be able to get a heck of a lot more miles out of it.
Parts are quite low priced for these cars, and they are a lot simpler than newer cars.
Members on this board will gladly offer assistance to repair and maintenance questions.