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What did you do to your 3rd gen today??

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by ndlm8888, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I have warm memories from my childhood too. Mostly woodworking projects in our basement though. My paternal grandfather had built a woodworking shop behind his house, in 1902; no cars to work on back then. I occasionally was allowed to play in it.
    The first car I was allowed to help with was our '50 Plymouth sedan.
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    copcarguy FEOA Member

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    Changed the oil, spray cleaned the MAF, and swapped the winter tires off.
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    I managed to convince both of my daughters to tighten the rocker arms for me a couple weeks ago. The eldest stuck around and helped me check piston to valve clearance with the cam installed correctly & with it advanced a tooth (about 9.5 degrees). :)
    I've gotten her to help swap wheels/tires & assist with an oil change (and a few other tasks over the years), but she doesn't like me posting pictures of her helping- so you guys will have to take my word for it. :)
    I've been tinkering as time/weather permits. I swapped out the pressure lines on the power steering system the other day. took some brackets apart while I was at it and did some rust remediation... Also managed to finally get enough bolts loose to get my 2 lower transmission mounts replaced. Been painting misc. pieces as it occurs to me that they should be painted. The last of the parts that I am aware of needing arrived at the parts store today, but I worked late & didn't get there to pick it up. Now I need a couple nice evenings & I should be able to get the engine put back in the car... Too bad the forecast doesn't indicate that I will be getting those evenings this week. :(
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  4. Escort230

    Escort230 I named my baby OJ.

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    Im guessing you're not in Cali. So what in total (HP Torque) does all those mods work out to? All this for a 4 banger Escort?
    I sometimes wonder if a Probe and an Escort got together, would they give birth to a Fiesta?
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    If you were asking me (due to the signature from my post that lists most of the mods my wagon has undergone)- I have never had the opportunity to dyno the car (or engine). Based on my experience with other cars & other engine projects- I will guess that I was probably making between 115-125hp & 135-145ft/lb before my lower end project. Most of that gained by the 4-2-1 header (especially the torque down low). I never spun it up to those power numbers because I don't have any roads around here that would allow me to reach the speeds/rpm that would have utilized the increased breathing capacity that the engine had.
    The engine really needs a camshaft, but I just can't justify the expense. If I could get a custom cam ground & had a MS (or another fuel/timing management system to tweak)- I think that I could make closer to 140 N/A HP. I have the stock cam advanced 4 degrees in the head right now & I am hoping that the computer will not throw a fit once I get the engine reassembled in the car. The cam advance (should it work) probably won't increase (may even decrease) the top end HP figures, but since I rarely rev the thing past 3500- advancing the camshaft should result in a bit more grunt in the useable rpm threshold. The mild increase in compression that the new engine should have due to the head & block both getting milled (& the overbore) should help a little. Time will tell...
    As for your Probe/Escort mash up- I am pretty sure a few on here have done the v6 swap...
    Personally- If I were to mess with a v6 swap- I would probably search for a SVT contour that has been wrecked (or rotted out). 200hp sure would be fun in our little cars. :)
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    pextor Moderator Staff Member

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    I thought the SVT contour guys were swapping out their 2.5L duratec motors for the 3 liter duratec motors. I'd go that way, if it'll fit.
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  7. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    I spent the afternoon/evening outside working on the wagon. It doesn't look like I did much, but I got some more parts pulled & painted, the passenger side cv shaft/transmission seal replaced, some more of the firewall cleaned up, the transmission mounts installed, the front to back cradle brace re-installed, the pilot bearing out of the crankshaft (boy that was a pain), the idler & tensioner pulleys installed on the accessory bracket, the new PS pump installed on it too, the PS lines tightened, the battery tray installed, the new clutch slave cylinder installed after slotting the mounting holes & painting it, greased the transmission/fork/throw out bearing contact surfaces & installed the new throw out bearing... I am sure I am missing something. I have to run to the store tomorrow & grab some fluids after work. I hope that the rain will stay away. If it does- I really hope to get the engine (shortblock/flywheel/clutch) bolted back up to the trans tomorrow & if time allows- start putting the rest of the engine together. :) Wish me luck (and good weather)!
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Had a speaker quit working this week. Replaced both rear ones today and found this.
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    When I replaced my front speakers a couple of months ago, they were rusty.
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  10. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Weather has not been cooperating- nor has my work schedule...
    I bought the last of the fittings that I intend to use to reconfigure (reinstall) the EGR system on the new engine (with the header) this week & I bent an EGR tube to the approximate shape that I should need. I need to find time to do little welding & I can test fit things- IF the rain will stop anyways!
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Oh- Been driving the S/R all over. Fun little car. :) Need to do something about the squeaky brakes though... I pulled the K&N out last week and cleaned/re-oiled it this week. Car picked up a few MPG with the paper element installed- the previous owner let the K&N get pretty dirty!
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    Passed the annual PA inspection... so the ol’ wagon is on the road another year... :thumbsup:
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    There was a time, years ago, when lowlife scofflaws would take a digital photo of a valid inspect/registration sticker, and print out a copy on their color printer for another car. (A friend of mine had 26 Lancia Aurelias, but not that many registered).... which may be why some states are now using decals with silvered/reflective portions.
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    Changed the oil, when I had the hood open I did the fuel filter too...
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    The original cooling fan motor seized up the other day, so I ordered a new assembly from RockAuto.

    I couldn’t even turn the fan blades by hand.

    I installed the new one and it didn’t work either... I have a spare used CCRM so I began to remove the intake and air filter to gain access. I got it all removed and then looked at the very rusty crusty teeny tiny bolts holding in the CCRM and the wire harness that goes into it.

    And then luckily my wife came out and asked “if I checked the fuse first”...

    :unsure::(

    DUH on me lol.

    Of course, it worked after swapping the big 40A fuse.

    :thumbsup:
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    LOL! My philosophy when diagnosing car issues.....K.I.S.S.

    John
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    ndlm8888 scortin daily

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    I had my fuel rail mounting tab snap on my 97 for the 7th time. Welded the tab up so hopefully won't snap anymore. The 97s are getting rarer in the parts yards around me.
    Now to get some motivation to do my kl v6 swap
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    There are at least three '97's in my local yard. If you need a fuel rail PM me and I'll get it for you cheap.

    John
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I fixed the trunk latch on my 1999 Zx2. The trunk opens and closes now!
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    Upgrade. So they say. I'm not braking around corners anymore, yall watchout!
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    Had pulled the rear sway from a 94 or 95.
    When I did my bushings last year, noticed the right eye was rusting. So been sitting on this til now. Had new 1 inch bushings waiting for the swap, but turns out them too big. They are 0.75 to 0.8 inch holes. Anyhow, installed now. Love these Frankenstein upgrades.
    Last week....
    Did oil change (about 20k)
    add whole can of freon
    New plugs n wires.
    Getting 4 new tires Thursday.
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    all i did was fix the ac. I need to track down the p0171 now :)

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