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The 88 EXP super coupe build.

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by austin86, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. austin86

    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    slight update.
    I got the drilled and slotted rotors, remaned calipers, new rubber brake lines, Moog wheel hub and baerrings, one of the two Moog problem solver control arms and one of the moog tie rod ends and both struts mounts.
    Damn covid slowing everything down, still waiting on some other things too.

    I started to remove the right control arm but will need to get a deep socket for the inter control arm bolt.

    I plan to do some more work on the car this weekend and should be posting photos of I remember too take them.
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    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I'll try to get photos tonight.
    I have the suspension on both sides of the front removed. Sadly I found out the two ac delco spins listed for a escort pony will not fit. The ends are round and they should be flat and the angle of the pig tail is off. I paid 20$ for the pair so go figure.
    I'll likely just cut a quarter turn out of the stock springs or maybe a set of coil overs.
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    ricksgt MY 1989 Ford Escort Terlingua GT .

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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Sorry for the lack of photos guys. I took some last night but I'm, out of data on my phone and it died before I was able to pull the photos over to my PC. I'll tey to get them uploaded tonight.

    I did test fit the driver side moog problem solver control arm. Its defiantly much better then the OEM control arm. It feels much stronger and has a grease fitting on the ball joint.


    Edit: photos added.
    As you can see I still have a good bit of rust to clean up. Luckily I'm getting to it long before it's a real problem.

    Err maybe I should clean up all the grease on the iner control arm mount? It just didn't want to go in haha.

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    Woah! Want some bacon with that grease? lol
    I've been told some times the control arms can fight pretty bad, I don't recall mine struggling at all. We'll see again when I get new ones for the convertible this summer, I saw the Moogs are grease-able so I'll be using strictly those in all my future restorations since they aught to last forever.

    I recommend cutting a hole in the frame where the crank sprocket bolt goes, one of the best mods you can do haha
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Canadian bacon?
    I ran out of gloves so I dipped the end of the control arm in the tub of grease.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I was hoping to get the grey door panels installed today or tomorrow. But rock auto being rock auto shipped the retaining clips to a different address then the one I gave them. :rolleyes:

    I did however earlier this week get the stock bushings removed form the old control arms so I can measure the arms for poly bushings.
    Yep got to take off the greasy moog arms to install poly bushing. I kinda feel dumb about test fitting them with all that grease now.
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    Man don't get me started on Rock Auto, I'll build a time machine and travel back to 1990 to buy parts direct from Ford before I waste another dollar with RA lol

    Poly bushings for the sway bar hole too or just the frame-bolt end?
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    egh tell me about it. I don't like them but I was not paying 7$ for a pack of 8 clips. Most everywhere was out of stack and sadly I also ordered the right side Moog control arm from them too. It shipped separately and I hope I at least get that. I'll be at the PO latter to find out ware the clips were delivered too. At least they are in my town somewhere.
    I'm sure I can find bushings for the control arm to body mount hole. The sway bar end link might be a bit more tricky and I may have to make one. I'm not sure about the ball joint boot yet. I'll have to measure it and see what I can find. I know I can get sway bar mounts bushing.
    I do hope to go 100% poly on the whole car, but that is somewhat wishful thinking.

    Next payday I'll be ordering a coil over kit. So hopefully by next month I'll have of the parts to complete the front suspension! Then I get back to pulling the dash and start the wiring.
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    I have a friend who made a front coil-over set for 1st gen Escorts, he's writing up all the parts to get and the combination to put them in but it's based around BMW E46 front coil-overs with some additional hardware so you can adjust both the height AND spring preload unlike the stereotypical cheap units we see on Civics and what not.

    Curious what you might have found, I've been exploring my options for fronts & rears.
    That same guy is working on adjustable springs for the rear suspension but he found small enough shocks for the rear that I could fit springs around the rear shock like the fronts if I can make a spring seat & cup to fit in the strut tower......
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I was going to use ground control coilovers but after seeing your post I think ill hold off on that for now.
    I haven’t thought about the rear yet.

    that being said, after a quick look I was un able to find and off the shelf poly bushings for the control arms. However the second moog control arms have delrim bushings. Looks at moogs offerings I seem that I can buy them separate so both arms will be using them!
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    Yeah I have a photo of his fronts so far, as soon as he shares a complete part list and assembly instructions I'll bring them here.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    can't wait to see the setup.

    Also here are the P# for the bushings I got.
    MOOG K8763 sway bar end links
    MOOG K8612 inter control arm to frame.
    I also found MOOG K8649, its listed as a rear tie bar or strut rod bushing. I haven gotten to the back yet so I don't know if that part is needed.

    Some places list the bushings as Polyurethane wile other list them as thermoplastic AKA delrim. The two I got seem to be delrim.
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    Rick, I don't understand your reply but I do approve

    lol
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    I often wonder why he posts videos like that, regardless I do approve too.
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    austin86 That nut who spends way to much on a escort.

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    Well this kind of sucks.
    I was checking the paper work that came with the rebuilt motor, not sure why I never looked at it in detail before... But if its to be trusted the compression ratio is way to high for a boosted motor :(
    I was hoping for stock ratio witch would have been around 9:1 but what I have says its a its closer to 11:1 witch is way to high for boost IMO.

    The project is still on. But I may not be using the little 500cc supper charger I have. I'm going to double check the motor for sure as the paper work may be wrong. when I bought the motor I was not given much info on it aside from a vague print out that lists what was done to it and was told it sat in the back of a ware house for years in a sealed box.
    If the compression ratio is indeed that high I'll have to change a few of my plans on the motor build up.

    This may turn out to be not such a bad thing as I have a second junk HO motor with solid lifters that may have a rather meaty cam and could make a high revving NA motor.
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    Interesting in the EXP commercial that it was rated at 46 mpg highway.

    That's 57 miles per real (Canadian, ha ha!) gallon.
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