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Power door locks mod 2nd Gen 1995 LX (complete)

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  1. Itchigo

    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    This mod is complete and working, so I thought I'd show how I did it. It was a lot of work, but not difficult.

    I started with actuators I bought from EBay 6-$20. Remove the door panels. Here is where I placed them on the doors. In the case of the rear doors I had to drill 2 small holes. Be careful to catch the metal shavings so they don't rust. On the front doors I used existing holes- no drilling required.

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    As for the blue and green wires, it doesn't matter which is lock/unlock, so long as you connect the blue's together and the green's together correctly when you extend the wires.

    To get the wires out of the door:

    For the front I ran the 2 wires out the front edge of the door card, and made a small hole in the side cover of the dash panel. The wires slide into the dash when the door closes.
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    For the rear I drilled a small hole in the white plastic cover on the front edge of the rear door. Heat shrinkable tubing is my insulation. The wires go into the frame, and out under the seat frame. This is all that is visible on my car.
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    For power I used a fuse tap on the Power Locks fuse at the fusebox by your left foot. It turns out that is had power even though power locks were not bought by the original owner. Apparently the factory powered the fusebox so the components were plug and play.

    I ran all the wires to the relays, and put them under the driver's seat. Here's what I used. (Thank you the12volt.com)
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    Next I just had to find a home for the switch and run the wires to it. The switch is a junkyard switch off of another Ford. (Ranger?)
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    Nice!
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    I was going to ask you why you didn't use the 3rd gen door card switches but I remembered the 2nd and 3rd gen door cards are different although I wonder if the 3rd gen door card would fit on the 2nd gen? All you'd have to do is pull the 3rd gen door cards off a donor car and you would have all the switches on the respective doors.

    John
  4. Itchigo

    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    They are different. As much as I wanted a pair on my doors, I didn't want to damage my pristine door cards. At least this is a central location that can be use by both driver and passenger. I also didn't want to cut up anything I didn't have spares of.
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    Itchigo FEOA Member

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    I finally finished my trunk popper.
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  6. LilRedWagon92

    LilRedWagon92 One simply cannot own just one escort, its a drug.

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    It would have taken some time but you could have gone to low all junk yards, found oem actuators and installed those. I did that to mine but I did the full power/cruise conversion on my wagon
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