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okay, im 15 and in january im gonna get the keys handed over from my dad's 1995 Ford Escort LX wagon.
I was just wondering what small tweaks i could do (interior, exterior, engine) you know cheap stuff.
im gonna need to do something with the clutch though because it is worn unevenly.
thanx for the help :p

PS. should i wait and buy a contour svt or fix up the escort?
 

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88hp and 108ft-lbs of torque @ the crank. you could do a cold air intake, then if you wanna really get ricerish, throw on a fart can, slap on some stickers, a WalMart APC wing, shiny spinning hubcaps, plenty of neon, a neon shifter knob, and BANG you got yourself a 300hp screamin demon.

if you wanna do some cheap stuff to actually tweak it, make it look nicer, go search on eBay for a high flowing catalytic converter. you're going to need to find out the inlet size though because i don't know it offhand..... i think it's something odd like 1 7/8" but have somebody here check it out first, because there are alot of "high flowing cats" that are really not cats at all, and are basically a big piece of metal. when you do your cold air intake, you want one with a box, sort of like your stock airbox, that sucks in air from a different spot of the car, such as under the front bumper or in the left fender.... otherwise, you're stuck with a cone filter that sucks in hot air from the engine, defeating the purpose of having it. so really, when you pay something like $200 for a true cold air intake like this, you're just getting a different airbox that will house a cone filter, which has more surface area than your stock air filter, and can therefore suck in more air. the design of the box is just to make sure it is in fact cold air. if this isn't making sense, warm up the car, run it for about 10-15 minutes, and then open up the hood and feel how hot the air is surrounding the engine. it's best to leave the airbox stock unless you're looking at spending alot of money. because simply slapping a cone filter on it does nothing but suck in hot air. it's just allowing you to suck in MORE of it. how long has it been since you had a tune-up on the car? (or your dad) you may want to do that, and put bosch platinum's i believe they are.... and then put on a set of 9mm wires for less resistance and you should be good.
on the inside of the car, you're probably going to want to change the shifter boot, as the stock one looks like something off of a farm tractor. actually it's hard to tell the two apart. but if you really want to get fancy you can go about painting or dying the dash panels and such. i wouldn't advise it though, it would probably look pretty dumb in a wagon. but if you want to beef up your sound system, i advise going to walmart (seriously) their speakers are cheaper, and it's not hard to install them yourself. that's all i got for now.
 

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Instead of slapping on crap you don't need...

tune up what you have.

I've seen so many retards who throw aftermarket crap all over their cars, and their engines are wayyy out of tune.

Just re-gap the plugs, change the fuel filter, replace the timing belt if necessary, and port the valve head. Don't spend any money. Porting the valve head will do the most for that engine. Take my advice or leave it.
Trust me on this, if you blow your money on crap like a CAI and a new exhaust and the like, you're going to regret it.
 

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James92Scort said:
I blew my money on a cai for my civic and my escort... and I never regretted either purchase...
gentlemen, let's have a clean fight. watch the kidney shots, low blows, and any other hits that might drag somebody else into this.
 

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thescortgt said:
James92Scort said:
I blew my money on a cai for my civic and my escort... and I never regretted either purchase...
gentlemen, let's have a clean fight. watch the kidney shots, low blows, and any other hits that might drag somebody else into this.
ill keep this one above the belt then... spending over 50 dollars for a cold air intake is a waste of money PERIOD. i say 50 bucks because thats an approx cost for a true cold air intake home made not an expensive short ram that does jack squat except sound lound and BLING. 170 bucks for a cold air intake to make it sound the way my car does with a hole in the air box (for me no air box :) ) and basically NO amature will even be able to get anything out of it, amatures dont run VERY consistant numbers and i am sure that they could not even run a better qt mi time with a cold air intake.

anyway you can

mx3 seats
mx3 shift bood and knob
zx2 eibach struts and springs (450 bucks, will lower about 1.8 front 1 rear i believe)
painting things... dont go crazy because too much looks ghay, think classy not sports car.
remove the resonator, cut a hole in the air box (deap intake sound for free.99)
paint valve cover (hi temp paint)
 

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Angdvl089 said:
okay, im 15 and in january im gonna get the keys handed over from my dad's 1995 Ford Escort LX wagon.
I was just wondering what small tweaks i could do (interior, exterior, engine) you know cheap stuff.
im gonna need to do something with the clutch though because it is worn unevenly.
thanx for the help :p

PS. should i wait and buy a contour svt or fix up the escort?
Don't 'fix up' the escort if you're going to dream about other cars. I got mine as a hand-me-down from my old man almost 2 years ago.. and started fixing things.

Brakes were horrible.. I upgraded.
Handling was irratic.. I fixed the tie-rods.
Rear springs were broken and shocks were worn.. I replaced the suspension.
I wanted summer and winter tires, so I bought some extra wheels and some sticky tires for summer.
I've only thrown enough money at it to keep it running. I've spent a minimal amount on just having fun, and those are on things that I can unbolt and resell.

The rear swaybar, Schroth harness and race seats are a couple of those fun things... but they made me appreciate the Mazda chassis under this wagon, and it's nice weight balance, on an autocross course. It's fun to outrun miatas and late 90's 300z's in a grocery getter with 88hp.

Unless you have the skills, tools and time to do some engine swaps and turbocharge, you need to come to terms with the fact that your wagon will never be fast in a straight line... but there will always be faster cars.. always.

You're 15.. the wagon will be as cheap as you can get on insurance, and if you make a few handling upgrades, can embarrass some real sports cars around an autocross course, assuming you can learn to drive it.

I highly reccomend autocross for a new driver. Look for an SCCA car club in your area that holds autocrosses. If so, look into an EVO class. Tell your parents it's a low speed (less than 60mph.. less than 45 if you're in an escort) handling class that better prepares you for accident avoidance. An EVO is a day or weekend long autocross skills course that will teach you how to wring the most out of any car. If your parents have any qualms about racing, just remind them that if you don't have a safe environment to learn in, you're more likely to learn on the street.
 

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and here is a trivia question...Can my escort(1995 lx wagon 1.9 liter) spin its tires on dry pavement?...and is that with or without dropping the clutch?
i know its not that good to drop the clutch-especially a stock one- but im probably gonna beat that thing to hell
8O thanx
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I have a hard time NOT chirping my tires when I pull away from a light, so yep, It can smoke em. Like you astutely presumed though, dropping it frequently will result in a grenaded clutch, or axle if you're lucky, and a tranny if you're not so lucky.
 
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