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New member. Hello!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by BattleBowser, Jan 4, 2020.

  1. BattleBowser

    BattleBowser FEOA Member

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    Hello there.

    I am new to working on my own vehicle aside from fluid changes.
    I am the owner of a thoroughly used 91 Escort Pony 1.9 and when I say thoroughly, I mean exterior and interior cosmetically. The only saving grace is that the engine only has 150k on it which is tremendous for a 30 year old car. I have all the service paperwork as the woman who owned it was one of those only drive when necessary and store when not until she decided to give it to her grandson in its last 35k miles. He was not kind to it. The interior is stripped pretty bare and the body has some damage. He also drove it with completely bad struts(which I have since replaced.) So this is my first project car so to speak and I am currently awaiting new tie rods as well as a few minor cosmetic things like lift supports and a new driver side door handle.

    I may be asking you fine folks some questions unless I can find my owner's manual which has disappeared in our last move. I know it's in a box, I just dont know which one. I look forward to documenting its changes and progress over the next few months.

    Cheers and happy driving.
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  2. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Howdy Newb!;)

    Welcome to the forum. We're here to help all Escort enthusiasts keep their cars on the road.

    What is your overall plan for the car? Restore it back to stock? Modify it to your personal taste? Race car?

    I own a 3rd gen wagon that I've done a few things to to make it more fun to own. Hope you have as much fun as I have working on these cars.

    I also make a lot of junkyard runs so if there are any parts you need that you can't find let me know and I'll probably be able to locate it for you.

    Remember......the only dumb question is the one that wasn't asked!:D

    John
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    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    I also have had that type of car. It was an early Mazda MPV that had been babied most of its life, then a moron got hold of it and did a lot of stupid mechanical stuff to it like not reinstalling various parts, numerous wiring harness clips etc.
    Fortunately the body and interior was still excellent.
    I put a lot of work tracking down and replacing all the missing little pieces, correcting the various screw-ups, having the radio repaired professionally etc.

    Then when my mother in law was driving it, a numbskull blew through a stop sign in front of her and wrecked it.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    THe owners manual wont have a lot of info for repairing/maintaining. I got the Ford Escort/Tracer Service Manual for each of my Escorts - I own five of the 2nd gen LX Escorts. There is a companion manual, called the Electrical and Vacuum Troubleshooting Manual, which has the wiring diagrams in it, along with pictorials of the location of electrical components. The EVTM changes for each year of car, so be sure to get one that matches your year. For some reason Ford didnt put a mention in either the Service Manual or the EVTM that it was one of a two volume set. I got mine from ebay, where they are pretty cheap.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    I agree about the EVTM. I had bought just the shop manuals thinking that's all I would need but when I wanted to swap out the fog light switch/Turn signal stem I pulled from a Sport model sedan the EVTM was a lifesaver!

    John
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