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My 91 LX WAGON

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    Marty P New Member

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    744267B2-036A-4DDB-8CED-4F1C032890DC.jpeg B08B6B37-1900-4BE4-A5DA-100F8206F152.jpeg This car was given to me last year by a friend. Her mother purchased this car new in 91, & now I am the second owner. Everything is original with the exception of the water pump and timing belt, and of course a newer set of 15” wheels. Even the interior was pristine until... I cleaned the dash and applied a “protectant”. Then the dash started to crack. Lastly the front bumper also cracked after putting my weight on while getting up from the ground. At any rate, It’s a great running car & fun to drive. Maybe a 5 speed would be a fun upgrade... and a new bumper of course. Just a noob wanting to share. Thanks.
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    Welcome to the forums. Nice looking for sure! I have had a front bumper crack when I leaned on it, and a reart bumper that cracked when I put a knee on it. Owning five 2nd gen Escorts, I have had to replace three front bumpers after they got cracked. The good part was that the bumper is fragile enough that nothing on the body of the car was damaged. I just unbolted the old and installed the new. I find the front bumpers on ebay for between $200 and $300.
    But no one seems to make new rear bumpers for the 2nd gen wagons; which are just as fragile as the fronts. I have never seen an intact Escort wagon rear bumper in a junkyard. Three of my daily driver Escorts are wagons, plus two friends have and drive 2nd gen Escort wagons. I think only one of the five wagon rear bumpers is free of cracks.
    With the one 91LX wagon, the rear bumper got shattered into pieces. I made up a sort-of replacement. You can see what the result is in the 'escort wagons' subforum, with the title: my-wagon-bumper-effort. Its now on page three in that subforum I think.

    After I got my first Escort wagon (the 92LX), and rebuilt its automatic transmission, I liked driving it so well that I wanted to try a 5-speed. But I have a horror of messing up a car than ran and did things so well. Where we live they have emissions testing, and the state government has to approve anything that alters the emission equipment. If they dont agree with what you are doing, you dont get license plates.
    So I kept my eye out at craigslist, and bought another Escort with a 5-speed transmission - which didnt run. It had swallowed an inlet valve seat, so needed an engine rebuild. I hoisted the engine and trans out of the car, and found it also needed a new clutch.

    Both cars are still used as daily drivers, and both have covered over 60k more miles, including trips across the USA, and into Mexico. Both are fun to drive.
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    I like it.

    Curious what cleaner and protectant you used on the dash.

    I used armorall one day (in my younger years) on my Crown Victoria's vinyl top. Th next day the top had so many splits in it. It was unreal.
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    Hello 87gtVIC.
    The two items I used for sprucing up the interior were Meguiers Detail Wipes for the initial cleaning, then I used 303 UV Protectant which gave it a subtle sheen. The interior looked like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Sadly though about a month later the cracks started to appear. Hoping to be removing a dash from a salvage LX Wagon in a local junk yard to replace the original. I’ll get some more pictures uploaded later. Best regards from Indiana. 84BA4C7A-002C-400D-BCBF-D48E73DE9C7D.jpeg
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    I found it to be a lot of work to remove/replace a dashboard. I had to do that to replace a leaking heater core. The 2nd time I took one apart (for the similar reason) seemed a lot easier.
    There used to be a decent youtube video about removing an Escort dashbaord.
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    Wow. Such a shame those products did that. They arent bad products at all.

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