Figure it's about time I start documenting the adventures I'm taking with my first car...Plus maybe a little bit of showing off. Started here: 5/19/14...Got the car as a graduation present. 1 previous owner within my family. She was a smoker so the interior reeked of smoke. This was the engine bay...Not too terrible for somebody who could barely afford to fill it up, but this wasn't gonna fly with me. The headlights were fogged to shit...gross. I could barely get any light through them at night. I cleaned those up real quick. Before: After: Sometime in Sept. of that year, had the clutch replaced (was the first time ever having it done on that car) I took the cover off the air filter, took out the air silencer box, threw in a K&N and that's when I first knew that this was going to be a fun little car Swapped in a tach cluster a few weeks later: January of this year (2015), took off the intake manifold, scrubbed the hell out of it and cleaned up nice and pretty. Probably the biggest change I ever felt from playing around with her. Broke the dipstick in the process though...whoops Pic of the engine early this year: Replaced the fuel filter: (the car in the side of the pic is my buddy's ZX2, which we were also working on that day) Threw some LEDs into the cluster: Deleted the A/C system (Got a lot of working space with that gone) Engine felt a bit more responsive and gained a little bit acceleration. The weight reduction from it along with tossing my spare tire (was a full size spare, not a doughnut) was probably the most gain from that day. Pic of the engine bay with no more A/C: Don't worry, I got a new dipstick now...I run 5w-20 Motorcraft Full Synthetic (used to run 5w-30..but it was suggested to me that I try 5w-20, and it feels just as good if not better.) Most recently tossed a lot of trunk trim and shit to get rid of weight (every lb. counts right? ), I got new tires (my old ones were literally slicks) and my traction improved so much. I'm not shitting you I gained a full second on my 0-60 time because I wasn't sliding around anymore (more on that later). I also painted my windshield wiper arms because they weren't black anymore and they were really ugly. They really enhanced the look of the car. Pic: Now onto a few numbers...I am blessed with a 3 mile straight road that's never used just a few minutes away for me to get all my need for speed orgasms out of my system. I love running 0-60 down this road and for every time I record my time it is down this road. It's perfectly flat and decently paved. When I first got the car, I was running about 12 seconds. Damn slow. I start at full stop and usually launch from idle (I don't want to break nothin...the few times I've launched at 3000 RPM I felt the car wanting to rip apart). Air box removal and K&N and some cleaning and maintenance got that down to 11.45. Cleaning out my intake manifold and running some seafoam through all my car's systems brought me to about 10.8..which apperently is really fast for an Escort with so little done to it? I got my buddy to time me (outside the car of course...we use a radio so I let him know when I hit 60..he sits at the start line and he's pretty good at starting the clock right at the launch). New tires, some weight reduction, and A/C removal and my current fastest time is 9.45 sec. I re-tested it a few times cause I was like, "no fucking way". Sure shit. That was a good day. Did a run recently and I got 9.8 seconds..not sure why it's slower, could've just been the conditions. I don't race often, but when I do it's in a desert in Mexico . I've taken out a few Civics, some kid in a old beater Volvo, and I even took on a Prius once . I love this car and I have many many things I want to do to her in the near future and I hope she lasts me a long ass time PS: I'm probably forgetting a ton of things I've done to my car as well...I'll post them as soon as I remember them..