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Vbv58's 99' Escort SE "Sapphire" Pics and more!

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  1. Vbv58

    Vbv58 FEOA Member

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    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. 0519141709.jpg

    The headlights were fogged to shit...gross. I could barely get any light through them at night. I cleaned those up real quick.
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    After:
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    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: 1218141529.jpg

    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 :p

    Pic of the engine early this year:
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    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) 0119151208a.jpg
    Threw some LEDs into the cluster:
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    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:
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    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? :p), 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.
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    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 :p. 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..
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I assume 5 speed manual right? Apparently the official 0-60 is 10.8 seconds; about an 18 second quarter. The Zx2 0-60 is in the low 8's and something like a 16 second quarter. This is mostly because of the trans gearing.
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    Yes 5 speed...I've kinda thought about swapping a zx2 trans over because I hear the gearing is more tuned for performance (thought about swapping in a zetec too), but idk...I don't want to break anything and ruin my dearly beloved ;) On occasion I drive my girl's 'scort...It's nice..pretty much stock-like power from what I can tell. (No mods at all...totally stock 5 speed)...but my car is noticeably faster than it...even though it's just an Escort, it's still plenty fast for my first car...and it only gets faster :) Maybe one day after I get a new car I'll turn it into a project car and drop a K series V6 in it :D...or turbo a zetec..
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    After a recent wash and wax:[​IMG]

    Beautiful isn't she?

    MX-3 Seat install: [​IMG]

    The little fray in the corner has been fixed up. These seats are amazing. Super comfortable, and they hug you nice and tight when you whip it around...they are also pretty sexy and the blue matches the exterior (too bad the back seats don't).

    Plastic 6 wire MAF with integrated IAT sensor installed...this is actually a mod I think is overlooked. These MAFs were superior to the aluminum ones in every way. Smoother sides, lighter, the bar in the middle isn't nearly as restricting, and the integrated IAT makes it a lot easier for me to install a CAI (hopefully within a few weeks). I also noticed that the IAT reads a few degrees cooler since it is no longer right above the radiator hose. Car ran a lot better with this installed and this actually improved my performance quite noticeably...and my old MAF wasn't even dirty ( I cleaned it every 6000 miles or so). Pic of the 2 styles side by side:[​IMG]

    Just ran 8.86s 0-60 the other day :cool:, about 65 degrees outside and running premium fuel (car seems to run smoother with it). Amazing performance from my 'scort :) More mods and pics to come soon, but for now I'm supposed to "save money for college"...psssh yeah right :p
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    Just realized one of the most important things about my car isn't on this thread...I put 99' Mazda Miata wheels on this baby in August of last year. I chose them because they were a good deal, they're pretty damn light (lighter than the escort alloy wheels), and I like the way they look. Simple yet sexy. Even though the center caps have the mazda logo, I keep them on anyways. Looks better and we do share our chassis with a lot of mazdas, as well as our trannys, and I have MX-3 seats in my car anyways, so I don't mind at all. Oh I have drilled and slotted rotors in the front along with ceramic pads too...amazing braking performance for a cheap car, especially compared to before the swap.

    Pic of the wheels as of 5/16/16:[​IMG]

    A few weeks ago I picked up a valve cover off of a Ford Focus SPI. I like this design a lot better than ours. It was filthy of course. Took a while to clean and a lot of Purple Power :p I kept the PCV setup the same though (I run a catch can, so I'm not worried about oil in my intake with the old system) and just plugged the PCV on the cover and put a breather filter where the intake would normally allow air in. Works and looks great :)

    Pic:
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    The most recent thing I've done is changed out the old coil for a brand new Motorcraft one (Model #DG530), new Bosch plug wires, and Autolite Double Platinum spark plugs. I also installed a CAI finally...been meaning to since I got it...Go ahead and doubt me all you want, but I bet you this car drives better now than when it was brand new. Everything is so smooth, accelerating, braking, shifting, turning, everything...and this little SPI is pushing some power for an 4 cyl economy engine. I love this car and I hope it continues to last me for years to come :)

    Engine bay as of 5/19/16:
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    CAI:
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