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What did I do to my wagon today?

Well, it's an accumulation of some of the latest stuff to be worked on. The driver's side automatic seatbelt had died, wouldn't come out of the A-pillar position. Took the track apart and found the B-pillar limit switch was shorted. So, one fix done.

While the driver's side front door panel was off, to look at the sensors for the seat belt, I replaced the totally ratted out speaker inside. Then did the passenger side speaker. Then did the 2 speakers in back. Radio sounds "ok" now. Not 'thumpin' loud -- new speakers but still using the 20-yr-old original radio -- but it's listenable.

Then while I had the trim pieces off to expose the seat belt track, decided to keep on taking off the rest of the trim and pulled out the old headliner with the trashed out liner fabric. Got a kit from Stockinteriors.com, 3 yards x 60" of fabric, plus 2 cans of adhesive. Refurbished the old roofliner -- the finished job don't look half bad for an amateur first time doing it.

Good thing I pulled out the headboard, because most all the little nuts holding on the roof rack were worked loose and / or missing. That had been letting rainwater leak in and damage the roofliner, and the speakers too.

Near-future things -- A/C still has a freon leak somewhere, a problem that's been bugging me since the engine swap. I got some cans of Freon Dye, and a UV light, guess I gotta go huntin' for that leak.

There's a torn CV boot under there, driver's side I think, which I've got a replacement boot to go on there, next time I have the front end lifted.

And shocks -- the car probably still has the original shocks, I doubt they were ever changed by the PO's. They weren't very much into maintenance on their cars, just drive 'em till they drop. So I'm kinda shopping around now for shocks, looks like the good ones are gonna be about a hundred bucks a pop. Posted a question in another thread, wondering if the shocks / struts are the same all around, or are they different front to back.

Here's to Escort Love, keep it real.
 

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What did I do to my wagon today?

Well, it's an accumulation of some of the latest stuff to be worked on. The driver's side automatic seatbelt had died, wouldn't come out of the A-pillar position. Took the track apart and found the B-pillar limit switch was shorted. So, one fix done.

While the driver's side front door panel was off, to look at the sensors for the seat belt, I replaced the totally ratted out speaker inside. Then did the passenger side speaker. Then did the 2 speakers in back. Radio sounds "ok" now. Not 'thumpin' loud -- new speakers but still using the 20-yr-old original radio -- but it's listenable.

Then while I had the trim pieces off to expose the seat belt track, decided to keep on taking off the rest of the trim and pulled out the old headliner with the trashed out liner fabric. Got a kit from Stockinteriors.com, 3 yards x 60" of fabric, plus 2 cans of adhesive. Refurbished the old roofliner -- the finished job don't look half bad for an amateur first time doing it.

Good thing I pulled out the headboard, because most all the little nuts holding on the roof rack were worked loose and / or missing. That had been letting rainwater leak in and damage the roofliner, and the speakers too.

Near-future things -- A/C still has a freon leak somewhere, a problem that's been bugging me since the engine swap. I got some cans of Freon Dye, and a UV light, guess I gotta go huntin' for that leak.

There's a torn CV boot under there, driver's side I think, which I've got a replacement boot to go on there, next time I have the front end lifted.

And shocks -- the car probably still has the original shocks, I doubt they were ever changed by the PO's. They weren't very much into maintenance on their cars, just drive 'em till they drop. So I'm kinda shopping around now for shocks, looks like the good ones are gonna be about a hundred bucks a pop. Posted a question in another thread, wondering if the shocks / struts are the same all around, or are they different front to back.

Here's to Escort Love, keep it real.
The shocks are different front and back; I've used Monroe Econo-Struts on my 1994 Wagon's rear and they worked out well. I'm ready in the next 7 days to put Monroe Econo-Struts on my "new" 1993 Wagon's rear. I found them on ebay for 73.33 each with free shipping.

I'd do a search on Amazon.com AND ebay, no matter WHICH brand/quality you choose.

And Monroe has a step up from the Econo-Struts; they're called "Quick-Struts".

If I remember right, the rear Econo's are number 181880; I'll try to find the front numbers and report back.

AND notice these come complete WITH the coil springs premounted so that BASICALLY you only have to do two small bolts at the top, and two BIG ones at the bottom, plus of course the little clips that hold the brake's hydraulic lines in place.

Good luck,

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Hmmmm, do you have a Gen 3 car? the following is for Gen 2, but this might help other folks and ya get the gist anyways.

Gen 2
Front Econo-Struts: 18-1878
Rear Econo-Struts: 18-1880
Front Quick Struts: 17-1878
Rear Quick Struts: 17-1880

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Hmmmm, do you have a Gen 3 car? the following is for Gen 2, but this might help other folks and ya get the gist anyways.

Gen 2
Front Econo-Struts: 18-1878
Rear Econo-Struts: 18-1880
Front Quick Struts: 17-1878
Rear Quick Struts: 17-1880

LarryR
Thanks Larry, this is just the info I was looking for. I have a Gen 2 (1994) Escort. The shocks I was looking at earlier on Amazon were Monroe's for about $100 each. I'm ok with spending a little more for the premium grade, if they're really better? Another question -- will replacing the front shocks screw up the front end alignment?

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Thanks Larry, this is just the info I was looking for. I have a Gen 2 (1994) Escort. The shocks I was looking at earlier on Amazon were Monroe's for about $100 each. I'm ok with spending a little more for the premium grade, if they're really better? Another question -- will replacing the front shocks screw up the front end alignment?

James
I've seen other people on here praise the better Monroe "Quick-Struts", in fact, if I could afford them, I'd do the same thing; the better ones.

I don't THINK [doing the front struts] that creates a need for RE-alignment, but let's see what the vets say about that....

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OK, went and had Monroe Econo-Struts on my "new" 1993 Escort SW.

If you'd read other reports from the "past", including mine, you've heard of water getting into leaking struts and freezing during those "cold spells" most of us had a month or two ago????? well, mine was frozen on driver side and sounded like a sledge hammer hitting the underside of the strut when cold, then when above freezing, it "mellowed out".......... well, while strut on driver side was lying on floor after removal, there was a puddle of water............

But that's a side note; just wanting to say that I did as planned with the "Econo-Struts" on the rear.

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I did to my wagon tonight;

built 2.5" stainless mandrel bent exhaust with a cat, 2 straight through resonators, one ZX2 s/r borla muffler and an O2 bung for a wideband, then cut a downpipe flange for my VJ14 turbo, so I can build a new dump tube with divorced wastegate tomorrow.

I also installed the wideband, a cartech adjustable FMU, some vacuum lines to the BPV, FMU, and wastegate, and tightened the oil feed fittings at the oil pressure sender port. I'll try to get a boost gauge in it tomorrow, but that's not a priority, AFR was more important.

After I finish tomorrow, I'll pull the octane plug, and go road tune it, then wash her down and head off to the first "Golden Supercruise" of the year! $1500 and ~55 hours of hard work bought me a turbocharged 1995 Escort Wagon with Ksports coilovers, EGT bumper and wheels, RMM grille, 3000k Hi/Low HID's, and a short shifter, as well as many other goodies.

I love Escorts.
 
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What did I do to my wagon today?

Well, it's an accumulation of some of the latest stuff to be worked on. The driver's side automatic seatbelt had died, wouldn't come out of the A-pillar position. Took the track apart and found the B-pillar limit switch was shorted. So, one fix done.
Here's to Escort Love, keep it real.
(EDIT: I don't know what happened when I was trying to write this post last night. Maybe the late hour, or maybe the whiskey (yeah, that's gotta be it), and somehow I fat-fingered and sent the post before it was finished. Here's the second attempt.)

Well, I just HAD to go bragging earlier about how I fixed the drivers side automatic seatbelt, so of course fate will punish me for that. The automatic seatbelt had been working when the car died years ago from a dropped valve seat. And it was still working all during the engine swap and restoration.

Then, just 30 minutes after we got the car safety inspected, the seatbelt tracker froze in the forward (A-pillar) position. I was able to unplug the motor and manually pull the tracker back to the B-pillar, and leave it there until I got around to fixing it. The problem that time was a shorted B-pillar limit switch. The controller wouldn't even try to move the tracker back because the shorted limit switch was making the controller think the tracker already was at the full back position.


So after fixing the shorted limit switch, the seatbelt was working good again. But after several months it started dragging and struggling through its motion. Then one day it jammed completely about halfway through its travel. This time I couldn't manually move it with the allen wrench, that just made it spit cable out of the track.

Well, looks like the 20-year-old mechanism had finally gone down for the count, time for a new track unit. Ebay to the rescue, for the mere pittance of $150 (ouchie), I scored a good used track unit from an online junkyard.

I installed it yesterday. The process was surprisingly quick, about 90 minutes total. Plugged in the motor cable on the new unit, and the tracker happily zipped home to the A-pillar, and all is good again in the automatic seat belt world. Or maybe I should say all is good again, "for now". No telling how long this new-used mechanism will work, but for what it's worth, it moves faster now than the passenger side unit.

The automatic seatbelt wasn't a very popular feature, and gets blasted quite regularly in the various car blogs. I've read that Ford used the automatic belts as a way to comply with the government's mandate for some form of automatic restraints, until airbag technology could be developed. But then, this Escort has both, automatic seatbelts AND airbags, go figure.
 

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JamesGarfield, you wrote:
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Ebay to the rescue. For a mere pittance of $150, I scored a replacement complete tracker mechanism. It took just
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And the sentence/paragraph didn't get finished? Anxious to hear how you made out with that automatic seat belt track.

And was the ebay item used or new? guaranteed?

Could you finish the topic? love to hear how it ended up.

thx,

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Re shoulder belt, unplug late-Fall through Winter... if you want it to last. Someone here also used a turkey baster to shove inordinate amounts of grease up into their track. LOTSA grease is a requirement. Unfortunately repairs just don't last though.
 

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JamesGarfield, you wrote:
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Ebay to the rescue. For a mere pittance of $150, I scored a replacement complete tracker mechanism. It took just
qqqqqqqqqqqqq

And the sentence/paragraph didn't get finished? Anxious to hear how you made out with that automatic seat belt track.
And was the ebay item used or new? guaranteed?
Could you finish the topic? love to hear how it ended up.
thx,
LarryR
Larry,

Yeah, I fumble-fingered the keyboard there and sent the post prematurely. I don't usually have that problem... musta been the whiskey. Fixed it on edit, above.

You asked about the Ebay item being new or used. I thought it was a used JY part, but upon review, it's actually a NEW part with a 30-day warranty (makes me feel a little better about that $150 price):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/141204192223?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1439.l2649

The seller is an outfit called Alpha Automotive, on Ebay. They buy out overstock and NOS parts from dealerships. Cool business model. It isn't always fun to have to spend $$ on a 20-year-old car, but when ya need parts to fix it, glad they were there.

Intuit: Your advice about using a turkey baster to "to shove inordinate amounts of grease up into their track", sounds inordinately kinky, or a lot of fun. Now, where'd I leave that whiskey...
 

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today, hmm, dismantled the bottom of the dash, (trim under steering column, radio surrounding, front part of the center console) and painted them a gloss black, pulled all the ooooollllllld pine needles out of the air ducts for the hvac blower, replaced the burnt out wires from running the thing on high for a long time than slapped that back together, repositioned my oil pressure gauge so it is now in my line of vision than finished putting the rest back together and i actually like how the black looks, but no major things done today xD

 

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On two of my Escorts, the wipers either stopped in mid-sweep now and then, or would sweep v-e-r-y slow. In both cases I took the gear box at the end of the wiper motor apart, and scooped out the aged and hardened grease, cleaned around in there with a degreaser, and relubed it with ordinary axle grease. The wiper then worked as they should. So my experience says that hardened OEM grease in the 'worm gear' drive can cause problems.
I was looking for a reason why my '93 Wagon wipers were lagging/errattic Thank you for the tip!
 

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removed old tourn and shabby headliner and replaced with new material that was purchase from Joanne's fabricks...looks like new...next have to figure out how to fix the horn pressure pad. got to get so foam and remove old and glue on new.
 

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I can't believe the shop knew what was involved, if they would be trying to fix the retractor seat belt on an Escort. But if they think they can find a replacement for anything less than a couple of hundred dollars, some of us might like to know about the source.
I will send you a private message, known as a 'conversation' that should show up in your inbox.
Hello Everyone,

I visted this forum many times in the past for the great advice for my '95 LX wagon and only officially joined this forum two days ago. Good move! Now it's time for me to try and help someone else.

I found this on Ebay. Seller has both driver and passenger side NEW SEAT BELT MOTOR AND CABLE Assemblies with Free Shipping for $64.34 Buy Now with the option to Make Offer.
I offered $50 and he countered with $60 that I accepted and snaged with no hesitation. Super fast shipping too. I got mine in three days. This is the offer for the drivers side: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-OEM-FOR...-SEAT-BELT-MOTOR-AND-CABLE-ONLY-/281336471088

Happy Scorting!
 

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I stripped off the failing black finish on the outside window sweep door moldings. scuffed it up, sprayed on some primer then some fresh flat black. It looks good as new.
Hey racewgn, I did the same thing. It was some kind of plastic covering over the aluminum below it. I masked off and spayed with Rustoleum primer & finish in one. I sanded withe 400 grit paper and I gave both the drivers and passenger side six coats each with each coat several minutes apart (according to directions). I used high gloss black and it looks much better. I think the high gloss is a bit much though, because it shows all the imperfections and I'm thinking of doing it again with black semi gloss or eggshell next time. Maybe I'll take your route and use a sandable primer first to getting it to look really smooth.
 

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Oh yeah. I also bought one of those cheap headlight restore kits from Harbor Freight and went to work on the yellow lens. Wow! Easy to do and looks good as new.
I scrubbed mine down as good as I could with soap and water and let it dry, then gave them a couple of coats off ArmorAll. They don't exactly look new, but the look way better than they did before.

I think next time I do them, I'll try your Harbor Freight suggestion. Thanks

Happy Scorting!
 
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