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Transmission and Interior.....

Discussion in '1st Gen 1981-1990 CVH' started by Wingnut, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Wingnut

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    Does anybody know at what speeds the 1.9L should downshift on a 3 speed?

    also,

    I know many parts from the Tempo and Escort are interchangeable, what about the passive restraint systems? My Escort p.r.s. is all messed up, thinking of going to a manual seat belt. Has anyone done the conversion? If so is it a pain or pretty straight forward?

    Thanks!
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    Not really sure when the autos downshift. I don't pay attention to it.

    Cow says he used the manual seatbelts from a Tempo. He said the bolt holes are there for the shoulder belt.
  3. Wingnut

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    Right on! I'm pretty sure a quick TV adjustment should get the up and down shift under control.
    I guess I'll have to cut away the trim to get to the shoulder bolt, eh?
    Not what I would have liked but probably a lot easier than messing with that P.R.S.
    You and Cow really know your stuff! Thanks for keeping this site the best Escort enthusiast site on the web!
    Wrench on!
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    I second that - the people in the 1st gen forums are top - notch!

    I just lubed up my power seatbelts to make them quiet and quicker, but I'd still prefer the manual system. What year did Ford switch from manual to power?
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    88 was the first year for power.
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    Does that mean that the late model '87's will have the p.r.s. cause my title say's '87 and I've got 'em?
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    I suppose it is fully possible. None of hte 87's that I have had were Auto belts.
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    Bah, I made a post on this earlier, and FEOA kept refusing my connection. Stupid dialup, or other issue.

    Anyway, the power tracks should fit earlier years. Ford used the older style holes to mount the tracks in the car. I replaced mine with '86 Tempo 2 door belts. I took the Escort tracks, shoulder belt, and lap belt system out, only retaining the female part of the lap belt. Even removed the center mechanism. All I had to do was bend the locater ear backward, and cut a very small slot in the metal toward the floor, so it could lock in. If you source the belts from a Tempo, just look at how they're put in, and you'll get it. I've had no issues out of mine, and they will lock up at parking lot speeds. No more getting the girlfriend's head/hair caught in the auto belt now.
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    Sounds good, looks like I got a Sat. project now! Did you post somewhere that besides the belts, you could pull the wheels off a tempo and throw them on the Escort? I think there was a 1" rim difference but the same bolt spacing and the added advantage of better MPG's.
  10. UnexplodedCow

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    Depends on what Escort rim you already have. Tempos only came with 14" rims....most were thick stamped steel, and some were aluminum. Escorts could come with 13" steel, 14" steel, or 15" aluminum rims. My personal suggestion for good mileage and such is to take the 14" rims, put 195/60R14 tires on them, and slap in either a base model Tempo MTX 3, or MTX 2 from an Escort for better highway mileage. The tires are slightly smaller than the stock 175/70R14 tires of an Escort LX, but have almost 1" wider tread, and the sidewall isn't as tall. You'll notice a 2mph difference when cruising 70 on the speedo. Basically you'll be doing 68. But they really do feel much better than the stock (hard to find) size, and the slightly smaller circle makes a difference, as well as being a stiffer tire due to lower sidewall.
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    Sweet, that's what I'll probably do then.
    So as you know I'm pretty new to this site but I can already tell that it takes more than one/two people to keep it interesting. Do you have any suggestions for a newbie regarding how to pitch in and give back to the forum. I've been wrenching on cars for most my life but I'm no mechanic, I just want to give a little back if I can.

    Thanks again!
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    Just pitch in some advice when you think it relevant? And...avoid the flaming/fighting/name calling/ e-penis whipping? My 2 cents.
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    Right on E-Cow, I'll give my two cents when I can.
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    I'm pretty broke, can I have your 2 cents?
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    Sure, I'll send you a check. Can you cover postage?
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    yea sure, no problem. you take paypal?
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    E cow? Not quite. To date I am still unexploded....however, I may have been exploited once or twice.
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    My bad, let's hope you keep it that way!
    1lowscort, I am one of the last folks on earth w/o a paypal account, sorry! Make it a rain check. Maybe just keep a running tab, I'll probably have tons of problems with my new 1st edition so my topics will be plentiful!
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    So it would cost Austin about $1 to have Wingnut send him 2 cents....I think I just found a good business model.

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