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Ok, so I finally get my first car yesterday right? A 1990 Ford Escort GT. We got it for 700 dollars. So I knew that I wasn't getting a Cadillac. I did however expect the car to make it more than 2 miles >_>

My dad was driving it home because I don't know how to drive manual yet. We were almost there, and then the car shuts off. My dad thinks it's electrical so he tries to start it again, but nothing. We push it to the side of the road and discover that the Timing belt snapped.

So basically my question is if it's worth fixing a $700 1990 Ford Escort Gt. The mechanic said that there is a chance that when the belt snapped that the cylinder could have gotten bent or something like that. So the head might need replaced or whatever.

What would you do?
 

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In case you have a milled head, set the cam pointer to the dot on the head, and rotate the crank clockwise with a wrench (19mm deep offset box wrench), if you find anything binding, then you might have an issue. However, those engines are non-interference, and I have a milled CFI head in my car, and just snapped a timing belt about a month ago...no damage. Update your mechanic when you get the time. If he questions your source, tell him to come online and make a post, where I'll proceed to E-browbeat him, probably along with other guys here.
 

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Is it worth it? I'd say so. They're great cars, and the GT can be pretty fun for a first car. Great to learn stick on, fun enough to make you not hate the thing. Easy to fix and learn to fix on. For about 50 bucks and an afternoon, you could have the car back on the road.
 
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