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"It's just an Escort"

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by McClarenDesign, Apr 21, 2008.

  1. McClarenDesign

    McClarenDesign Guest

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    ...and hell is just a sauna.

    Hi kids. My name's Brad, I live in Oklahoma, and just received a '98 ZX2. I've been checking out the forums for a while, and doing some research. Looks like there's a lot I can learn here, and I'll share my experiences along the way.

    The car is a '98 2.0 with 113358 miles. She's also currently in the shop after a long ride home. My wife had the car before me, and gave it to me to play around with, and so far it looks like it's got some potential once a few issues are resolved.

    The car has been sitting for almost a year, due to a problem in the suspension. We hear a clacking sound at highway speeds, and the car becomes less stable past 65 mph. I believe CV joints are the culprit, but am having a local shop do the dirty deed as I am short on time and experience.

    The drive to the shop was about 25-30 miles, and during that time the car didn't feel jittery, or short on power. I've ordered an oil change from the shop (yeah, I could do it myself, but have little time), and they'll check over the remaining fluids. I do need to repair one tire from the time it sat, but so far everything else seems good after adding a little fuel stabilizer.

    There are some issues, however. My wife didn't take very good care of it, so the shifter is loose as hell, and the clutch has a lot of play to it. Any suggestions?

    Also, the air conditioner doesn't work. I think the problem can be traced to the temperature controls under the radio, but I'll double-check that when the car gets home.

    Once those issues, and the soft suspension issues are fixed, I'll begin to customize the car. I'm looking into creating an under-carriage tray to improve the air under the car, and improve stability. Hopefully, that'll also increase the mpg too. After that, there are some friction coatings I want to try, and composite metals that might free up some horsepower while improving strength.

    I'm also putting her on a weight loss diet as soon as possible. She's light, but she can do better. If I'm able to get some carbon fiber work done (i.e. fenders, interior molds, body kits, etc.), I'll post up some pics and prices for anyone interested. My partner and I usually only charge cost of materials, and 10%, but difficult parts can be pricier.

    I'd greatly appreciate any feedback and suggestions with the car.
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    A/C

    As far as the air goes search this site for CCRM problems, it seems like a common cause of A/C problems.

    The clutch is hydraulic and as far as I know it isn't adustable.
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    I've thought about doing something like that too...
    Nothing down on paper yet, just starting to think about it.

    Something I found last night...


    http://www.turbomagazine.com/tech/0804_ ... index.html

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