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So there I was, standing in grass that was 2 ft tall when I heard her call my name. I whipped around and saw her, and I knew i wanted to spend all of my money and free time on her like a bad gambling habit. Through tufts of grass peeked a mint, 1982 Escort. A mix of patina and blue, she whispered sweet nothings in my ear that said, “You need me”. And I did. Two days later she was sitting in my driveway, begging for attention. Sure, she’s been around the block a few times. And yeah, she’s a little saggy and unkept. But she’s like a fine wine, tastes the same as cheap wine but you get the thrill of throwing your money into something that isn’t actually worth it. My wife hates that I’ve been spending all my time with an escort, she’s embarrassed that it’s all I talk about anymore. But if I can’t throw myself at a cheap little escort every now and then, what’s the point in life, you know?

Jasmine was originally my wife’s fathers. Was a company car so it came with all the bells and whistles. A/C, power steering, speedy fast tires, doors. No power brakes. 4 speed. Carb’d 1.6l.

I picked up a 1.9 from an 88 EXP and the plan I have concocted with my friends who are happy to watch me spend money and get frustrated is to convert the 1.9 to carb, it’s a TBI currently, and blow-thru turbo it. This site has been infinitely helpful the last month as I’ve read and learned, I feel like it’s a mistake, but it sounds fun so I’m gonna do it anyway.

Well, anyway, excited to be here, to laugh with you, to cry with you…and to share this probably long drawn out build.
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Hey, awesome little car, good luck with the project.

I have a very similar 82 (coupe) with the 1.6 carb and 4 speed. I swapped the block with a 1.9 and added a factory header. I am happy with the extra power and definitely want more. I can try to help if you need parts or if you are hitting issues specific to the 82, the forums are a great resource.

I recommend you get on ebay and buy the shop manuals for engine, suspension etc, skip the one for emission controls.

There are some repairs that benefit from specialty tools, but you can get the crank pulley off to pull the engine pretty easily. Just drop the side with the pulley so you can see it from under the wheel well and take it off with an impact. seriously do not bother with putting a wrench on it, its more effort than its worth, struggling with one step will really kill a day of wrenching.

Did you pull the interior?
 

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I see you have the optional go fast interior! Looks rather clean TBH. Hope you get it back up an going.
That 1.9l TBI is not a lot better then the 1.6l you have, it has abut 90hp on a good day. And you will need to add all the electronics as the carb manifold will not fit its head and the 1.6l head will not work on a TBI 1.9l motor. What you want to the 1.9l HO. The ho will get you around 30-35 more HP.


seriously do not bother with putting a wrench on it, its more effort than its worth, struggling with one step will really kill a day of wrenching.
That's for sure. its not going to happen :LOL: However I have seen folks drill a hole in the side of the car to fit a socket through. Dripping it a few inches is likely a better idea.
 

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I see you have the optional go fast interior! Looks rather clean TBH. Hope you get it back up an going.
That 1.9l TBI is not a lot better then the 1.6l you have, it has abut 90hp on a good day. And you will need to add all the electronics as the carb manifold will not fit its head and the 1.l6 head will not work on a TBI 1.9l motor. What you want to the 1.9l HO. The ho will get you around 30-35 more HP.

I thought that I read the 1.6l head was the same as the 1.9l, less the port sizing. Was hoping the domed cylinder head would reduce the compression so I could safely boost the 1.9l. The HO is the same as the regular 1.9l except with MFI, correct?

That's for sure. its not going to happen :LOL: However I have seen folks drill a hole in the side of the car to fit a socket through. Dripping it a few inches is likely a better idea.
 

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Hey, awesome little car, good luck with the project.

I have a very similar 82 (coupe) with the 1.6 carb and 4 speed. I swapped the block with a 1.9 and added a factory header. I am happy with the extra power and definitely want more. I can try to help if you need parts or if you are hitting issues specific to the 82, the forums are a great resource.

I recommend you get on ebay and buy the shop manuals for engine, suspension etc, skip the one for emission controls.

There are some repairs that benefit from specialty tools, but you can get the crank pulley off to pull the engine pretty easily. Just drop the side with the pulley so you can see it from under the wheel well and take it off with an impact. seriously do not bother with putting a wrench on it, its more effort than its worth, struggling with one step will really kill a day of wrenching.

Did you pull the interior?
I did pull the interior, it was pretty nasty after sitting for 30 years. I've got the manuals on order, gonna need them haha. I'll most definitely reach out to you because it seems that the majority of the 1st gen owners on here are post '85, when the front-end suspension and stuff changed.
 
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