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UPDATE 10/24/12

Well, it's all over. Car is gone as I couldn't find a buyer. And on that bombshell, I probably won't be replying to this thread anymore, but PMs are typically welcome.
 

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Update: I'm running out of time for getting the car back on the road. I also discovered my rear main is very slightly leaking on the very bottom of it...guess I didn't have it lined up perfectly. Going to order a PTFE replacement tomorrow. I don't remember those existing a few years ago.

So, since I'm short on time, I'm going to ask some opinions here:

What does everyone think about transaxle choice? I can go high geared for increased mileage, or go with an essentially GT geared tranny. I've routinely gotten 42 mpg with a GT tranny. The only difference with the CV Tempo is 1st gear is 12:1 instead of 13.48:1 (overall ratio). The CV is also low mileage (~60k) and very smooth shifting. The CA (high-geared one) is all around different, and drops revs by ~250 rpm in top gear. Significant enough for increasing mpg, but performance will suffer. Opinions on that are welcome.

FYI: I remembered something neat. The Tempo flywheels have timing marks on them, which will work for the CVH. You just need a Tempo's flywheel and tranny shim plate (has a timing tab on it), and you won't need to rely on that wobbly piece of plastic to time the engine again. You may need a Tempo transaxle to check the timing as well, since they have a timing window on top, whereas the Escort ones I've seen don't. If you don't want that gearing, you can swap case halves....it's semi hairy, but doable. That would also give the option to swap gear clusters for custom gear ratios (I'm looking into doing this myself with the CV tranny since I have to replace the bell housing case half).
 

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I'm still waiting for the pictures you said you had :lol: .

Besides, I thought you were going to a write up on depowering your power steering rack.
 

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Yes, this is all still being planned...want to get the transmission back in first. Stages, man...stages. I have to get the pictures off the dang camera and uploaded to show them, at least how good the clutch looks. I did manage to look at the synchros in my old tranny...wow. They are nicely worn and rounded off on the actual gears, although the brass blocker rings look just fine. The synchro hubs also look good. It's just the dang gears. Anyway, yeah, I'm wanting opinions about which tranny to install....the high geared one, or the sport one.
 

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If this is your daily driver, I'd go with the tall gears. Gas prices aren't going to do anything but go up.
 

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This is my only car. Currently I've gotten 42 mpg out of a GT tranny with LX sized tires...in other words, short geared with small tires. The tall gearing will help, but the downside is having to build the bloody thing...and I'm running out of time myself. Granted, I can swap it in at a later date, but the last time I said that to myself, it took nearly 3 years to do what I'm doing now.
 

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Well, the ground finally dried up. It only took two days after the rain stopped. We've had about 8" of rain for May, mostly in the last week. Anyway, got the old rear main out, and installed the new one. Let's hope PTFE seals better. It aligned properly this time, as the seal itself is a little different design, and stiffer. The sealing lip itself is much better. Here's a picture of what I installed. There is also no inner spring to keep tension...it reminds me of the old type rope seals.

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp ... 4287867___

I also scrutinized my flywheel bolts. Looks like I'd been in a hurry years ago, and forgot where to put the loc-tite...my bolt holes looked like they'd been leaking a little as well. The old seal wasn't aligned properly, and wore on the top half, and leaked on the bottom. So, that is now taken care of, and the flywheel is back on. So I was able to drop the oil pan, remove the old, install the new, and mount the flywheel...and then the rain came. It came some more, with thunder. Tomorrow we're supposed to have rain. This is getting absurd. I can't go rolling about in the mud. I wish I had a garage at this point.

Edit: Finally uploaded the pics of my clutch and flywheel. Looks a bit glazed, eh? The clutch and pressure plate cleaned up just fine. Machine marks are visible. The flywheel, however, is polished.

http://img26.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301186.jpg
- Flywheel (you can see the FL-1A oil filter peeking out, too)

http://img36.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301183.jpg


Pressure plate (clutch beside..partially)
 

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I know what you mean about not having a garage. Sometimes I load up my stuff and drive 30 miles just to use my dad's garage. Of course when I do that I always forget a tool I need. :mad:
 

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New pics from today's boredom (and dial up debauching).

Here's the breakdown:

http://img530.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301227.jpg
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Cleaned up clutch disc. A little light sand paper and the glazing came right off...it's still good, almost no wear.

http://img361.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301222.jpg

Tempo flywheel...slightly used, but still with machine marks. I'm not worried about this slipping. You can kind of see the old clutch plate design as it sat around for a few years..caused some staining.

http://img268.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301225i.jpg

Old tranny opened up. The gear oil stuck well to the parts. I'm definitely not using ATF in these things again.

http://img14.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301226.jpg

The shiny spots aren't from oil...they're worn down synchro sprags. That's my fifth gear, the least worn of the bunch. The camera doesn't do well at close range, either.

http://img522.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301224.jpg

New tranny, almost ready to go in (need to clean that extra grease off)

http://img199.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301223.jpg

The model number and build date. It came from a Topaz.

http://img134.imageshack.us/my.php?image=s6301228.jpg

Cleaned up clutch cover facing. It mostly had the glazing at the inner and outer edges. Might need a little more cleaning, but I'm pretty confident it will last a lot longer. Most of the problem was on the flywheel side, and the flywheel itself.

So, now you have pictures. Enjoy!
 

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Wow, lots of hits since adding pictures....should I be concerned of this turning into one of those "epic" threads that spread over the internet for some form of stupidity that I'm not aware of?
 

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should I be concerned of this turning into one of those "epic" threads that spread over the internet for some form of stupidity that I'm not aware of?
Maybe if there's a massive unexpected spike of interest in first generation Escorts in the next few weeks. :roll:

I'm enjoying the purty pictures, either way.
 

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Wow, lots of hits since adding pictures....should I be concerned of this turning into one of those "epic" threads that spread over the internet for some form of stupidity that I'm not aware of?
If you really want that, weld on a turbo (badly) and film yourself blowing up the engine on a dyno. That's the kind of thing that makes you cool.
 

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Or I could take my two clutches, cut them apart, and splice them together with spot welds from a buzzbox, and piecemeal the transaxle together for "custom gear ratios." That would last all of nothing until it started causing nightmarish issues.
 

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Alright, got a little bit of work done. I spent most of the day looking for the 6th clutch cover bolt that I somehow lost. Found another one in a coffee can in storage. Huzzah. More pics this time, too:

http://img35.imageshack.us/my.php?image=clutchd.jpg


Yep, clutch is on, looks good. I found the alignment tool, too, so everything's installed properly.

http://img524.imageshack.us/my.php?image=escortshim.jpg

The stock Escort tranny to engine shim.

http://img261.imageshack.us/my.php?image=temposhim.jpg

The Tempo shim I'm now using. Note the timing tab on the top of it...I will no longer need that stupid wobbly plastic timing belt cover when doing a belt change.
 

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I understand the tempo gearbox physically bolts up to the 1st gen escort?
Are they cable clutch operated?
What are they a direct bolt in?
What are the benefits - other than different gear ratios and timing access?

The gearbox I have is from a 1986 2 door escort L with carb 1.9.
I have no idea what gear ratios that particular model has.

Cheers
 
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