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Shakezilla's 98 "Black Betty" build. Updated

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  1. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Ok, to just to reiterate I am currently prepping for paint. I currently have about 20 hrs of bondo and sanding down and I have masked everything off. Here are some photos of what I have finished so far.

    Tear down + tracking down dents.
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    I pulled the fender to check the unibody for any hidden damage. The header panel broke right in half as I removed it and the headlight had more damage than expected.
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    The headlight that was involved in the collision took a good lick; all of the mount holes broke off. I jb welded them.
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    Painted the fender rails and hood hinges. As this looks like a bad area for moisture to get trapped (rust was forming)
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    I decided to delete the side molding; I chipped the f*ck out of the paint underneath while getting the molding off.:facepalm: Im waiting to see how the chips look under primer before I mess with them. Continuing on, I fiber glassed and bondo'd these holes up. I dont understand the function of these holes as the side molding covered and sealed them. The molding was not attached to the holes either. I assume they were for alignment purposes.
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    Fully masked the windows and trim
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    I still need to scuff the fenders and most of the body. I am actually avoiding the fenders because they are riddled with dents.:geek: Once I get the body set and cleaned Ill prime it. Im still waiting on a hood and header panel and will start on the front end once I have them.
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  2. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Primer pic:
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    Also, primed the fenders.

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    I wet sanded with 400 grit, wiped clean with water, dried, then...

    Started to add some color. :)

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    I ran out of paint....:roflmao:
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  3. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    And here's how it turned out! I just got the hood yesterday; it is no where near ready.(many small dents + tiny rust spots)

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    I still have plenty of work left:
    -Wet sand the entire body.
    -Prep the hood.
    -Paint the bumper cover.

    Cost of this DIY paint job:
    -$60 for paint and primer.
    -$30 for bondo and fiberglass.
    -$20 for sand paper.
    -$20 for other supplies(tape, gloves, shop towels)
    ~50 hours of body work and prep.
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  4. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Looks awesome man! What kind of paint did you use?
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    ndlm8888 scortin daily

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    Looks great.. Great job
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Thanks! I used "Rust-oleum auto primer" from wally world. And "Rust-oleum
    acrylic enamel" in flat black. Basically the cheapest rattle cans.

    Thanks! I understand the price of a pro paint job now; it is a huge undertaking. ha
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Tied up a few loose ends.

    Painted the hood. Needs to be sanded and another coat of paint. The sunlight actually hides a lot of the flaws.

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    Wired the gauge cluster. I really love Glowshift Gauges! Fuel pressure, Oil pressure, and Boost/vac.

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    AN line for the fuel sender.

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    Painted my valve cover. Really quick coat of black

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    Removed the stock RSB. Waiting on bushings to install the GT bar.

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    Even without that puny stock bar the car handles dramatically different. The back end is really loose and body roll has increased.

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  8. techman_hou

    techman_hou 1993 Emerald Green Escort Wagon Automatic

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    RE: Engine Transaxle Mounts

    It has been a while since you did this mount refurbishment. Did this work?

    I bought a set of replacements (~$100/set) and the alignment of the through bolt on them is about a 1/2" higher offset so they will not mount properly, if even fit. I was able to get the drivers side mount in with a little force. Then moved to the front mount and found it was impossible to do a simple swap, (it might be if whole engine is removed/lifted at one time). Possibly I was shipped the Manual or newer model versions of the mounts; IDK. Will need to investigate. I will post a thread of pics soon showing differences in center hole alignments of OEM vs replacements.
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Yes, the mounts are still as solid as when I filled them. I also had to force the front cross mount a little. I think this was more to do with the mount not being as flexible. As for the vibration this adds I got use to it or the mounts settled.
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  10. chestypuller

    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    looks like your stationed at elmendorf? hey i got a pair of headlights off that parting out car.
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    scortin4life FEOA Member

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    Nice build
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  12. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    Elmendorf used to be a 'punishment' assignment... What did you do Zilla???;)
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  13. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Lol, I'm not in the military. I'm a college student living with my parents. My dad is in the USAF. It is actually really nice; plenty of things to do. :)
    Fort Richarson side, but it is all the same these days. If I knew about your parts car a month ago I would have picked up the hood and header panel... Sucks cause I drove all the way to Wasilla and the parts they had weren't even that great...
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    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    whats your name about the shakezilla? u work at a place that makes milkshakes? u gotta hook me up!
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    techman_hou 1993 Emerald Green Escort Wagon Automatic

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    It added Engine vibration? I was hoping it dampened it.

    Hmmm, my OEM mounts are 21+ years old. I am trying to dampen my vibration more. Although I do not think it was ever much better than it is now.

    If I cannot get correct direct-fit replacements:

    Maybe a good cleaning soak and some sort of forced-in rubber bonding agent to just fill in the cracks.

    I also know a vulcaniser/rubber guy. Iwould have fab up some molds for the OEMS...and that would be expensive.​
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Yeah, if your mounts are still in good shape, it will add vibration. It's the same reason you don't see cars with engines welded directly to the frame. The vibration that causes would drive you insane. The up side is that you will gain torque and this is a low cost repair. The vibration is really not that bad; the CVH is a cranky motor to begin with... If your mounts are: falling apart, the center boss is detached, or has huge tears in them. This will reduce vibration.

    Look up "Aqua Teen Hunger Force."
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    BKZOWN FEOA Member

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    Looks crazy buddy!! Love everything you've done to it so far!! Btw I'm new to the forums, I'm joe. I also had a black 98 escort in the family since brand new but unfortunately my parents never took care of it and also blew a valve seat about two years ago and sadley got rid of it. I wound up getting a pretty mint 99 sport which was in pretty mint shape which I started fixing up!! I hope to get more pics up of what I have done so far, but once again keep up the good work the car looks amazing
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    My DIY narrowband AFR gauge. Ill be soldering this to an actual peg board. This is really just a glorified voltmeter.

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    GT RSB
    The Escort handles SWEET!

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    BKZOWN FEOA Member

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    Can't wait to see it finished buddy looks good so far! And I can't wait to get my hands on one of those rear sway bars
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    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    20140721_213852.jpg shakezilla freee parts, let me know if you want them before they go to the dump tomarrow.. here they are. you could home make you some projectors headlights.. let me know asap.. tue 7.22.14 is dump day.
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