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My 1994 Ford Escort aka The Trusty Escort

Discussion in 'Photo Forum' started by 87gtVIC, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. EGTFTW

    EGTFTW New Member

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    I really like this car!

    If only it was a 5speed and had a KLZE it would be awesome!

    but still clean car dude. Ever thought about trying to put a GT front bumper with stock fogs?
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Thanks.

    Thought about it, but then other things would have to be changed in order for it to look right. I am cool with the way it is. This is my beater car that does get more love then traditional beaters.
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Installed much needed rear shoes yesterday. Got out on the road and.............pedal to the floor after a couple of hard stops. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUU



    So....use the e brake and nurse the car back into the yard. Jack her up and find on of the TWO (yes TWO) lines that feed the rear brakes from the master to the rear blew. FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU


    Ford had a brilliant idea to install all of the fuel lines and brake lines before the rest of the car was assembled so removing fasteners for the brake lines was a real joy.

    We reused all of the old fittings......and made up all new lines from the master to the rear and from the rear (I know the car does not have an actual rear) out to the brake cylinders in the drums.

    Amazingly we got everything back into place close to stock.....

    Car brakes nice again and should last many years to come.
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Recently learned about the 1991-93 Mercury Tracer LTS. Noticed they had sweet looking sail panels in black. Did that today.


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    Painted and the weatherstripping reinstalled

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    as much as ilike your car because it is sooooo freaking clean,..... this mod i don't like. the color is off compared to the rest of the trim on the car.

    but if you are happy with it then that is all that matters.
  6. 87gtVIC

    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Yep color is indeed off and was one of the first things that bugged me. Should blend in some over time. Passengers side dew wipe molding area is painted in the same finish. A while back I stripped the flaking rubber and self etched and shot it trim black.
  7. LilRedWagon92

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

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    have a question about that black backing to your volts guage that lets it be on an angle, how did u do that and what did u use? i need to put an oil pressure guage on my car and i wanna do it in a similar way
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    2" PVC pipe cut to the desired angle. May have been 20degrees at 1/2inch out.

    Then I scuffed it with a green scotch brite and sprayed it with adhesion promoter. After I dusted on some undercoating for the texture you see and painted it with duplicolor trim paint for that nice sheen.
  9. LilRedWagon92

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

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    okay thanks, now that bracket thats in the back holding all together, that came with it or modified? and what light was in there before u did the 194 mod?
  10. 87gtVIC

    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    The bracket that is in the back is the voltmeter bracket that I modified.

    A little tiny light was there before held in by a rubber grommet.
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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    New additions:

    Junkyard picked clear corners
    1992 Mercury Tracer LTS Three Piece Rear Spoiler
    Nite-Shade Taillights
    Trim Black Taillight reflectors
    Mazda MX-3 Rear Tie Bar
    Junkyard Picked Trunk and Fuel Door Popper

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    i hate you...... you kep making the rest of us look bad. :p
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    Yes! Love the LTS spoiler. Also, the fuel/trunk remote release is very convenient - I've done this upgrade to every car I've owned.

    Would look great lowered a bit.
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    Looks amazing!
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    Thanks Everyone.

    I am kicking myself now for not pulling the trigger on some lowering springs a member from here put up on ebay. I think the has an abnormally high stance atm.....but it is my daily driver and over winter we do get snow so I need at least some ground clearance.
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    I agree about the lowering -- function over form. Getting stuck in the Winter
    and scraping sh* over high curbs is no fun. I'd guess more people raise
    than lower here. Way too many high curbs. I just banged my front-end
    backing into a sunk'n driveway a few weeks ago. (catercornered driving out
    of it)

    People here often find that they have to change from the "bling bling"
    wheels back to stock for the worst weeks of Winter. Eventually as they get
    older they just quit bothering altogether and either keep stock, or reserve
    use on that entire vehicle for non-precip conditions.
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    This is true. Even though mine is lowered with just a slight drop (ZX2 S/R setup) I did it knowing full well that I will need to keep a separate vehicle to drive in the winter. Either that or swap stock bumpers back on for the winter. EGT bumpers are too rare to let them get smashed to bits by rocks/ice.
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    Installed my custom painted rear license plate frame as well as a neato smoked/black Escort LX emblem this afternoon!

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    87gtVIC FEOA Member

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    Picked up a correct fuel door release fuel door a few months back and painted it trim black and installed that.


    While at the yard I also picked up an automatic headlamp module. I removed it from an 87 Crown Victoria with autolamps. My 87 vic has autolamps and it turns on the headlights when it is dark out automatically.

    It is a 5 wire module. Gets constant power, keyed power, triggered ground (through switch to turn autolamps on an off (separate from light or darkness) an output to trigger a relay for turning on the parking and headlights as well as a resisted ground(gives you a delay after car is turned off).

    Took a couple hours to install.


    I mounted the module underneath the rear deck next to the third brake light and ran a 4 wire harness (keyed power, constant power, triggered output, and triggered ground) to the front of teh car underneath the steering wheel where I wired in two relays...one for headlamps and one for parking lamps. I shoved teh relays in a spot that two relays would fit next to the existing relays. Everything looks really stock.


    Reason for the install was because it is cool and because I can.....as well as me starting work when it is dark out ALL the time. I work early in the morning (5am).

    Here is a schematic I used. can post pics if there is an interest.

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    I'm curious, how many people have labeled you a "perfectionist" ?

    Glad ya'll weren't among the severely affected. :)
    Get power back fairly quickly ?

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