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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by daddydrew6407, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. daddydrew6407

    daddydrew6407 FEOA Member

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    Hey all, I just joined and I'm a owner of a 1994 Escort Wagon. It's in really good shape and I never thought I'd own one, but I do. Paid 200 cash and it drives great with no leaks or anything. I know nothing about these cars and was wondering what I could do to it, where can I buy products, what kind of engine swaps, etc etc. Thanks Everyone, looking forward to talking with everyone!!!

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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Welcome!

    I say embrace the stockness, since it's an lx. Plus parts and insurance are super cheap.

    Rebuilt heads are a good idea for long term reliability, due to the possibility of dropping a valve seat.

    I recommend everyone with an escort equipped with an egr valve to "plan ahead" with penetrating spray on the exhaust bits, and against the aluminum manifold. Then when ready, cleaning the egr and exhaust pressure sensor is nearly always good for a few mpg, and a lot more low end power. They dirty themselves often, and nearly as often don't throw a code.

    As a start, seeing if there are codes and searching for the solutions here is a good idea. Escort's are very pleasant and efficient when they run well.
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    welcome!

    what he said ^^^. There's not much you can do to a 1.9SEFI to make it go faster. A couple of little tricks like de-powering the steering and removing the P/S pump and A/C might buy you 5-10HP. An exhaust manifold (AKA an HO Header) from a late '80s 1.9HO engine will get you a few more ponies. Some have swapped a throttle body from a 3.8L Ford; not sure if this does much more than give the engine a throatier roar. Don't bother with full-on porting of the head; gasket matching to the intake and exhaust is good enough.

    Popular engine swaps are a 2.0SPI from a 97+ Escort or ZX2. People have also swapped in a 1.8 from an Escort GT, but that's a bit more complicated.

    Maintain, maintain, maintain. Pay attention to the cooling system; these engines have aluminum heads and do not like to overheat. Head gaskets blow in this situation and the heads crack and warp easily.
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    Good point on the porting and cooling.

    The 1.9 is NOT about "power" it's about torque. Or should I say, the 1.9 is nice at partial throttle. Drive it as hard as you want, and you'll still do 25-27mpg. Try hard and you'll break 40 mpg.
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    Yea I was wanting to buy a engine and slowly build it, not in a rush since the 1.9 is running great and doesn't even leak oil. Right now it's just a gas saver, the interior is a 4.9 out of 5, only a couple dents in the body, paint is pretty dang good. It's a great car and in really good shape to mess around with. I know the 1.9 is useless, just want a pretty nice engine to drop in whenever this one goes, I bought the dang thing for 200 bucks haha, So I have plenty of room to play with on this thing and probably will drive it until I get bored or something happens. Haven't had a project in years and I've been debating on doing this to this for the 8 months I've had it. think I'm going to have fun with it.

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    The 1.9 isn't useless, it's just not a race motor at all. Bulletproof once you bulletproof it.
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    Welcome!!

    The 1.9 isn't a race motor, but... (still got 35 mpg on that tank of gas). Never been able to touch 40 mpg though. Not sure how people are doing it. IMG_20160527_074227802.jpg
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    This thread is giving me hope for the 1.9 I'm looking at - good tips here.
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    I don't know what was different about my old 91 lx 5spd wagon I used to have, but it would get 36 mpg in town, and easily 40+ on the interstate. I miss that car. My current 93 5spd wagon gets on average 28~ mpg, and I'm still trying to track down issues and fix them to increase the MPG.
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    Normally I get 28 around town. I usually don't open it up like that but once a year. Since I have a low mileage car (at 90k now) I'm leery of taking too many trips, but the ones I have were 35/36. It was the same on my previous 95 Escort too. 35 highway/28 city.

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