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I'm new here. I still have my 1990 Ford Escort GT. I bought it brand new.

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  1. FDTOUGH

    FDTOUGH FEOA Member

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    Hello Everyone.

    Nice to meet you, I'm sure.

    It's nice to find that more people are fond of "my" car.

    I was at the Ford dealership in South Carolina back in October 1989, when a car carrier arrived with a load of new cars from the Ford factory. I bought my 1990 Ford Escort GT before it was even unloaded off the car carrier.

    I never dreamed that I would still have it more than 30 years later.

    It was a pleasure to own & to drive for many years.

    It needs TLC, but it's Ford Tough.
    I wasn't driving it all of the time and life distracted me from taking proper care of it a number of years ago.

    Time slipped by. It's been sitting at my house in Virginia for years now.

    Now that I can refocus on it,
    I have to work out whether to invest in getting it back on the road or part with it in some way.

    It was always such a tough little car. I loved it and I'm confident that it could be brought back into service if I decide to go that route.

    I think it has something like 125 or 130k miles on it.
    I think it was 3 years ago that I had it running & had a state inspection done so it isn't too far gone if I want to invest my time & energy in it.
    Naturally, there are pro's & con's.

    I would have to get tires, a battery, a tune up and have it cleaned up, first, which is too much to put into it unless I'm going to preserve it as a useful vehicle.

    This car thrived on being used. It was always so reliable.

    The bumpers became brittle & crumbled quite a lot several years ago but, I wasn't able to find new old stock easily the last time I searched.
    What options are there for my crumbled bumpers these days? Lol, are they printing them with 3-D printers yet?

    Your feedback will be welcomed & appreciated.
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Fix it up, of course!
    Any car will eventually need tires and a battery, you could hunt down a set of excellent used tires for it, if you don't plan on driving 80+ mph a lot. All of my family's fleet runs on used tires.

    The clean up you should be able to do yourself, the bumpers are tough to find, although I recall a member advertising that he had a few for sale on this site in the last year or two.

    Even three years may not be too bad, if you are lucky you can add some new fuel and it will be okay. Remove the filler cap and smell the gas, a bit stale is okay, but if it really reeks of something other than gasoline, there may be problems.

    How about a picture of the car?
  3. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Good luck finding bumpers, they area a hard find. If your bumpers are not too bad you could patch them with fiber glass and sand/paint them.

    Ware are you at FDTOUGH? I have a few spare sets of steel wheels with tires. One set has fairly new tires cheaper tires. I think they are 185/60/14. I'd be will to give them to you if your up to picking them up and taking them off my hands. I have alot of other parts too if you need anything let me know sooner them latter as I been working hard on getting rid of everything I do not need.

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    I have a used battery too I do not need, it held a charge last time I used it a year ago. Your for the taking too if you want it, just have to pick it up.
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    FDTOUGH FEOA Member

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    My mistake.
    I found something that says my car has nearly 145K miles.

    Thank you for the bumper comments.

    I'm not going to take any pictures of it yet. After I get it cleaned up a bit, I'll post pictures. Honestly, it will be a little while due to some physical limitations & priorities.

    It also has a U-Haul hitch that my mother-in-law gifted me with so I could use it once.
    I only towed small U-Haul's a few times with it, but it's definately attached to the car.
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    I picked up a hitch for my car as well, but never got around to installing it since we have an old B2200 in our auto fleet.

    Could you at least tell us the colour of your car?
    145,000 miles is not too bad. It should go to at least 200,000 without major engine work.
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    FDTOUGH FEOA Member

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    Certainly, it's Black, (exterior) and "Sand" a.k.a. tan, (interior).

    It's got a 5 speed stick, a 1.9L HO, 4 cyl. & fuel injectors eng.

    If I remember correctly the tire rims were a bit bigger than most when it was built.
    I think they are, hmmmm, (straining to recall).......? 15" .....maybe? I'm not sure right this minute.

    Yes, I agree that it has usefulness left in it. It's a tough little car.
    It does need some TLC though.
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    Austin86,

    Oh my! I'm not sure what to say. That is very gracious and generous of you.
    I'm down in Virginia, USA for now.
    I'm undecided concerning whether to keep it or let go of the car, so I'm not able to make a commitment to you.
    Please carry on with your clean up.

    The dreaded crumbling bumpers...
    I think there should be a 3D printer that makes these kinds of parts on demand. Let us pray.....
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    My air conditioning hasn't worked in years, so I don't drive it as much as I used to. Years ago my mechanic told me that he would have to pull the engine to work on it back at the firewall and there were no guarantees except of course the high expense & risks to try, so we didn't have him attempt it.

    My radio isn't working, nor the cigarette lighter/charging socket, the dashboard is cracked so I'm reluctant to remove it to work on those items. Is there any way to replace it?

    The drivers seat mechanism isn't holding the backrest straight up very well anymore so I use the rear seat folded (up?down), to help support it.

    My hatchback door catch is not releasing to open the hatchback because the nylon type of bushing has fallen off of the bar on the lower portion of the mechanism.

    Any ideas of how/where to mount a front license plate with insufficient bumper covers to secure the license plate frame to?

    I'm interested in opinions or experiences concerning repairing any of these items. I would hate to see it become inventory at a salvage yard because it has so much strength and heart left in it.
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    For the front licence plate I borrowed a tool that installs threaded rivets. Worked great, and you don't need to get at the back of the bumper to install these things.
    I think they're called "Riv-nuts".
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    Drool

    The original wheels are 15" - with 195/60/15 tires.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    This should be right.
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    I definately think that the tires are 15".
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    Thank you for your comments.

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