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My 1994 Ford Escort aka The Trusty Escort

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  1. 87gtVIC

    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    I picked this car up in the middle of February. My other car is a restomodded 87 Two Door Crown Victoria and I needed a daily driver as I was tired of taking the bus wherever I needed to go. I picked this '94 Escort LX up with just over 52k on the clock. The car has a factory tachometer, and air conditioning....that is it with the options. This car was not well equipped from the factory but I like the simplicity of it as compared to my Crown Victoria which has every option under the sun on it.

    Some pics of how I got the car:

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    One of the first things I did to the car once it was in my possession was sand the headlights and polish and protect them. I sanded them down with 1000 then 2000, buffed with blue magic lens restorer and protected/sealed with 303 Aerospace protectant.

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    Then I installed a headunit (Phase Linear) that I had lying around for a couple of years. The car was originally equipped with a no frills NON cassette headunit. I needed a way to play some music on it and this headunit gives me the ability to play music through my MP3 Player. Found out that there is very little space behind the radio as compared to other cars I have torn into. I also replaced the door speakers with some I had lying around. The originals speaker cones were all dry and the foam ring was all brittle and non existent....While I was in the doors I peeled back the factory door panel vapor barrier carefully to lubricate the cable operated regulator and the window channel weatherstripping.

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    After that I installed a compass equipped mirror from Mercury Grand Marquis. Simple install really as the new rear view slipped right into place. All I had to do was run a ground and a keyed power to make everything happy and then calibrate the compass.

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    Then I removed the wiper arms as they were rusty. Knocked all of the rust off, primed and painted with some trim paint.

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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Next up was prepping and painting my EGT grille. Ipicked it up on ebay for a steal...had some chips in it but I took care of all the problems with some feathering and some glazing putty.

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    Primed after all the body work was done to it:

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    Then eventually painted and cleared. I knocked down all of the roughness of the primer with a gray scuffing pad and water. Then painted and cleared:

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    I also painted up a license plate frame I had around:

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    Removed the original dealer sticker:

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    Then refinished the roof rails by bringing them down to bare metal. Self etch priming and trim paint as per the guide I found on this site:

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    98EscortDude New Member

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    Looks good. interior looks like nice too from what i can see.
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Thank you. The interior is mint aside from broken lap belt holders down near the base of the seats.

    Then I installed some fog lights I purchased for the car. I used a 30 amp relay and an original EGT fog lamp switch to activate them for a clean install.


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    Just this past Friday I washed, clayed, polished and waxed the car to get it looking up to snuff again.

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    The original paint still gives of a nice shine:

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    And just yesterday I installed the color matched license plate frame, some mudflaps (because there was so much crud built up the panels behind the wheels that I wanted to protect them from further damage), as well as the EGT grille.

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    The grilles removed:

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    Grille installed:

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    And finally the emblem installed:

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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    I don't really have much planned for the car. The only other things that may eventually get done are a high temperature painted black muffler and tips (just paint the current muffler and tips that or on the car), a subwoofer (have one sitting in my room inside a box for two years now)..just need to pick up an amplifier and an install kit, some stock alloy wheel (the car needs new tires....) as well as a stock spoiler. Aside from that I think car will stay untouched aside from regular maintenance..

    And If I find that the calipers and drums show too much through the alloy wheels I will paint them black.
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    Hello fellow POTM
  7. LilRedWagon92

    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    wow that looks really nice, ive so badly been wanting to get a gt grille for my car, im suprised u have no rust either, but really nice very well kept
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    Looks good!
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Thanks everyone.
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    anymore details on the mirror? loos cool i wanna do that! :)
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    I forget the year I pulled it from..will tell you tomorrow as I have the owners manual which gives you the directions for calibrating the compass on it down stairs somewhere.....


    But it is autodimming as well. Headlight shines in on the mirrors photocell and the mirrors turns very dark to kill the bright light.

    Can hood it up to the reverse switch to get it to dim when in reverse as well but i didnt do it.

    Had to trim the wire conduit a tad to get it to fit nicely between the headliner and mirror base.

    Keyed power to give juice for the compass and autodim and a ground is all it needs in my case. Compass shit is magnetic so it retains the correct position while the car is turned off and not moved...If you tow the car though I suspect you will have to recalibrate it.

    To recalibrate it you look through the owners manual...find your magnet field zone and select it on the mirror by going through the functions then you drive slowly around a circle...once it displays a direction you are then set.
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    Nice and clean, it looks brand new! Got any pics of your Crown Vic?
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    Thanks man appreciate it.

    Here is a link to my Crown Victoria's main spotlight page (my build thread is about 80 pages long so I made this page up lol): http://www.grandmarq.net/vb/showthread. ... n-Victoria
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    okay. I checked and I pulled it out of a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis. I am sure all the model years around 2002 have them.
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    239bmxican Lower it.

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    Wow I might have to check for the mirror in the yard! The thing is awesome and looks real clean there. Great work so far, glad to see someone taking so much pride in thier work!

    IMO, the thing would look great slammed to the ground! :lol:
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    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    i like the rear view mirror, smart idea, and im getting a car now that looks almost like yours but it has a spoiler on back and it has dual airbags, and red paint job, so im adding to my escort collection
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Thanks. Oh God...I cannot have another project car.


    Thank you.


    And nice score. A spoiler will be something I am looking to obtain from the junkyard next week...in addition to some stock aluminum wheels if I find any in good shape. Going over to Harry's and possibly even EZPULL in Pennsylvania.
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    5spd swap + turbo ....yes
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    BPT swap... ditch the sohc!!!
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    awesome pics,great job! mine is a teal green 93, same in most respects to yours. Ford must have used good paint!, i have one bad paint area on roof above driver door, where people have put their hand i guess, paint is scratched and worn. hopefully i get to it this summer.

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