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Greetings, all...

I'm about to complete the deal of a lifetime; a '93 LX with no power accessories, no A/C, 5-speed, an excellent body (with just a few dings), and a 160,000 mile, running motor.

For $100. Long story short - female co-worker was scared of some sort of front end wobble/bump steer condition. Probably a tie rod. The car has been abandoned for 2 years, smells like hell inside, has mice behind the firewall, but...did I mention it's $100? :D

Why the big deal about no power accesories & A/C? I would love to convert this thing into a little rally-replica; might race it someday, might not...but for now, just some mild suspension and motor upgrades would get me the car I've dreamed of for some time.

Yes, I'm a simple man. 8)

Are there any good starting points on the site for this sort of thing? I'm sure there are other folks that have undertaken similar projects?

I've been looking for this particular model for sooo long, for this project. I feel like a kid getting a new toy!

Thanks for any help!

Robert
 

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If it's a 2dr hatch with no power steering then you've got yourself a Pony.

The mazda chassis these things sit on makes them handle extremely well once you tighten some things up. Keep in mind that other than the engine, the car is a Mazda Protege.. there are several Mazda and Ford engine swaps. The 2.0L SPI motor from the 3rd gen escorts is a drop in and will bring you from 88hp to 110hp... these can be found for very cheap too. Mazda BP (escort GT, mazda protege, MX3, 323 & miata) & K (v6s in MX3, MX6 and Probe) engines will fit, as well as ford Zetecs.

Check out 91SleeperScort's Pony for some good how-to's and ideas.

If rally is your thing, keeping the stock springs and installing some KYB GR-2 shocks may be your best bet. The rear springs on the 2nd gen escorts are very bad to break.. check them out.. I've had 3 break on me in 180,000mi before installing lowering springs. If you have the $$ (hell you've only spent $100 on the car so far :wink: ) go for some ground control coil-overs and keep the ride height up.

Also, be sure to check out the Car Showcase for some ideas.. several members have gone with the rally-car theme.
 

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.... and a warm welcome to the site. It's good to see such enthusiasm and I hope you enjoy your "new toy" with not too many problems. :salute:
 

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Beaverboy said:
The rear springs on the 2nd gen escorts are very bad to break.. check them out.. I've had 3 break on me in 180,000mi before installing lowering springs.
No kidding. When I chaged mine I had about 1/4" hole bolwn through the side of one 8O It was the highlight of auto class that day :D

Way to go on the new car. Just spray a crapload of WD-40 in the cabin to give it that work in progress smell until the purfume of death departs.

When in doubt, just ask. There's plenty of great advice and help that can be found at this site, with plenty of experience in many areas. Chances are at lest someone on the site has done what you want to do before, or at least knows someone who has who can help out.

Good Luck.

Matt 8)
 

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sounds like a blast of a project. Listen to Beaverboy he knows his stuff..as do many on this site.

Keep us informed I'd love to see a rally car made up.
 
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