Well, I may have bitten off more that I should have, but I just couldn't pass up the chance to do this. In 1987, my then wife and I purchased a new Escort Wagon. Sadly, we divorced in the 1990's, but have continued to stay in contact and remain on friendly terms. She kept the car with her, and drove it for almost 20 years. At that point it was apparently having some mechanical issues. Her new husband ordered a running engine (and transmission) from a wrecking yard, then started disassembly of things. At the point that he had disconnected everything at the top end of the engine, taken the head off, and had disconnected some parts of the front drive and steering, he realized that he was in over his head. So he just stopped. That was in about 2006. The car has sat outdoors since then, accumulating some moss, as cars will do in the Pacific Northwest. They finally decided that it would be a good idea to get rid of this vehicle, and a number of others that he has accumulated (but never finished). When I heard about it I asked if they would sell it to me, and they said yes. So for a few hundred dollars I get the car that I had purchased new, along with a file of paperwork going back to new, the wrecking yard engine, and another used 1987 cylinder head that he had found back then. I figure that for that price - plus a few hundred dollars to get it towed to my house - the parts alone would be worth that much. But my intention is to bring it back to running and looking good again. Not a show restoration, but I would like for it to be reliable and presentable. So I am anticipating that a LOT of things will need to be replaced. This forum looks like it is a good place to find information and suggestions, and I imagine that I will be picking peoples brains pretty frequently. Part of my problem is that the only cars I have restored have been pre-computer and pre-fuel injection. Like 1960's Mustangs, and a 1951 Chevrolet (which was also my high school car. But that's another story). So I will have quite a learning curve to just start to understand the mechanical, electronic and vacuum controls for a 1987. But I've purchased the Shop manuals, Haynes repair guide, and ordered the CD of Ford/Lincoln/Mercury Parts book. Those should help a bit. I am even on the lookout for a complete and running 1987 Escort that I can buy in order to have something to show me how things under the hood are supposed to be connected! Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.