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I have given up on my escort and if nobody I know wants to buy it for $250 I want to know how to get the most money from a junkyard and how much you think I can get for it reasonably.

1994 4Dr LX manual with 197K miles needs just a new crankshaft.
 

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If a junkyard pays by weight throw some other junk steel in the car. Scrap metal prices are way down currently so you probably still won't get much.

Why does it need a new crank? If its just the keyway have somebody weld it.
 

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my mechanic thinks that whoever changed my timing belt about a year ago didn't tighten something very well or something but he said it wallowed out a hole and that's why I have no power. It will drive just can't handle hills and when I take off there's no UMPH! to it. He said he could put a new crankshaft in but for about the same price total he could put a whole junkyard motor in ($1200 total) so I bought a friends 1995 saturn SL-2 for $1200 and it also has air that works and power windows which I didn't have. I am just using this car (Saturn) to bide me some time so I can find a decent car for around $10,000 that has low mileage for my wife and I will take her 2004 Saturn Ion with 112K miles for my use. I will then sell the SL-2 to a friend who said he wants to buy it then.
 

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Sounds like the keyway. If it gets damaged the woodruff key that fits in it won't line the timing sprocket and/or crankshaft pulley correctly up correctly. It can throw the camshaft timing and the spark timing off causing a loss of power. The easiest way to fix that is to build up the worn part with weld. The actual welding should only take 30 min or less but you have to take off the serpentine belt, timing belt, crankshaft pulley, and timing belt sprocket. You would probably have to replace the front crankshaft seal because the welding heat would probably damage it.
 

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and for $450 plus labor ($700) he can get me a motor with around 90K miles on it from a junkyard but I didn't want to spend $1200. I bought a 1995 Saturn SL-2 manual tranny with 113K miles and the air actually works in it, for the same amount from a friend that I know well. It was his daughters car and she didn't take it with her when she moved but he thought she should, so that told me he thinks its reliable. He had put in new: brakes, clutch, tires, belts and hoses so I think I got a good deal. This will just be a beater car for me so I plan now to look for a decent car in the $10,000 range with around 20K miles that is 4 Dr and automatic that I can put my wife in and I will drive this car or drive her soon to be old Saturn (2004 Saturn IOn with 112K miles due to lots of highway driving)

So knowing all this, do you think I should just call my local U-Pull and ask them what they'd give me for it? What should I expect to get?
 

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Waste of a good escort
 

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zzyzzx said:
DavidSC1971 said:
What should I expect to get?
$50
unfortunately true.

have you tried craigslist?

if you were closer I'd buy it.
 

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yeah, Pextor was taking an Escort wagon to the junk yard a few years ago for $50. I talked him into selling to me for $50 instead. I swapped a new tranny in it, drove it for about 6 months, and sold it for $750 within 24 hours of listing it.
 

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Dave94LX said:
yeah, Pextor was taking an Escort wagon to the junk yard a few years ago for $50. I talked him into selling to me for $50 instead. I swapped a new tranny in it, drove it for about 6 months, and sold it for $750 within 24 hours of listing it.
How much was this new transmission?
 

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zzyzzx said:
Dave94LX said:
yeah, Pextor was taking an Escort wagon to the junk yard a few years ago for $50. I talked him into selling to me for $50 instead. I swapped a new tranny in it, drove it for about 6 months, and sold it for $750 within 24 hours of listing it.
How much was this new transmission?
trans was $150. With the cost of the car, trans, misc inspection stuff, tax, title, tags, inspection and emissions I had about $300 invested. It was a great beater
 

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schaffer said:
part that thing out.
why? number one, it's not feasable for most people to keep a parts car around. number two, you are pretty lucky if you can find someone or multiple people local to you that need parts off of your car to make it worthwhile to part out a car yourself. number three, most people don't have the skill to take a car apart properly to not damage the parts as they remove them. number four, his car is worth saving!!!
 
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