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What did you do to your wagon today?

Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by NightWulf, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. novanutcase

    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Had a '68 Bug and tinted the windows that dark. I had to roll the windows down at night to be able to see what was in the sideview mirrors. Sucked when it rained.

    I think I'm going to go with a more smoke type of tint. Not so dark. Just enough to cut the sunlight when it gets a little TOO sunny out this way. I'm sure tint that dark will be great when it's really bright out or when you have some lifted F150 with bar fogs riding your ass but for me it was kind of a hazard not being able to see clearly at night.

    John
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    Although you want to be able to see where you're turning before you get there, (pedestrians and bicycles typically don't have lights,) there are those who do cut-outs in their tint for the side mirrors.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    I've seen that before but to me that is a big red flag to the local LEO. In my state they're pretty anal about no tint on the driver or passenger side windows. Most officers that I've talked to tell me they don't have a problem with smoked windows as long as they can see inside when the windows are rolled up. They don't like dark tinted windows because they can't tell what's on the other side of the window before it gets rolled down if they have to do a traffic stop.

    John
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    dmcmillan1214 FEOA Member

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    uploadfromtaptalk1432520422406.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1432520435083.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1432520455916.jpg uploadfromtaptalk1432520472549.jpg . Finally got to wire up my fogs! What a difference fogs made, and so much characteristic a gt bumper makes!
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    That looks GREAT! I've been thinking about mounting one of those LED truck light bars in the center and leave the fog light holes on my bumper cover for turbo air inlets.

    John
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    That's a nice looking scort! Good luck on selling it!
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    Thanks. It has been a fun car to play with.
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    I noticed that air compressor. Have you had any problems at all with it? I haven't seen a bad review yet and I want to know how it works for you.


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    Today I replaced motor mount, put in tracer corner lights, and did a little more body work.
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    Im working on a friend's 96 wagon. It had a bad head gasket, and the top of the block has enough dark areas on it (from water) that I will pull the block out and have my machinist maybe take a few thousandths off the top
    . I also spent quite a while with my electric impact wrench, loosening/resnugging the two bolts on the front of the front to rear crossmember under the bell housing, so I can drop that crossmember down. The reason to remove the crossmember is so I can use my pry bar to remove the driver's side CV axle from the transmission. The CV boot is ripped open, and it looks like its been that way for a long time; the grease that got flung out is well coated with dirt.
    I also need to free up the horizontal equalizers on the brake calipers; the pads are wearing unevenly.
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    Logan13848 So far its been good to me, only thing that's bad is that you need to make sure you have a 110 outlet dedicated to it, if I have the radio plugged in, the garage lights on and the comp kicks on it will trip the breaker on the comp itself. But it works good with the compacts, air ratchets, die grinders, Etc. I have the earth quake 1/2 and works good together.
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    Most cams suck at nighttime pics. What did you use ?
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    Intuit as in what did i use? i used my galaxy s5 to take the pictures.
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    Just received new Motorcraft plug wires and a new thermostat housing yesterday for the Zetec. After that all the car will need is a valve adjustment since I never did that after the swap. May not get around to that before selling it. I need a bigger vehicle to haul my tools and materials around in for my new business. Looking at possibly getting another Volvo wagon (940 Turbo). This Escort is great fun to drive but I'm ready to get back to my roots.
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    You might look at a Focus wagon. It's larger inside than the Escort and I'm getting 29-30 MPG with the 130HP Zetec in my '03 auto. Can't get that in the Volvo.
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    I can get low 20's out of a Volvo redblock and have a larger and more robust vehicle. I was looking at getting a Transit Connect for my new business but I am going to start out slow and keep my cash outflow lower than that. The 940 turbo I am looking at belongs to a friend of mine and is in very good condition AND has a sales price of only $1K which is super cheap for this car. It needs the a/c fixed and should probably have the turbo rebuilt soon since it smokes under heavy load. So that is still under $1500 for a gorgeous 945T. Even better, I have lots of spare parts for Volvos and redblocks lying around the house. The Volvo will be extremely easy to work on in comparison to the Escort or a Focus. The Zetec swap I just did required me to take off an entire week from work to complete and that was with a parts car sitting right next to it. If it had been a Volvo, that job could have been done in a day or two. I have Volvo in my blood and it is hard for anyone to understand if they have never owned a proper RWD Volvo. There is something very special about then and something I have missed dearly since I bought the Escort. The Escort is stupid fun to drive now with the Zetec in it. It just does things an Escort shouldn't do. But I will be listing it for sale soon after I have the chance to replace a heater bypass hose and replace the a/c compressor. It just got a fantastic set of Contenintal tires on it last week on the ZX2 wheels.
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    Wow! After all that work too. Sorry to hear that you're getting rid of her but I'm glad you were able to find a Volvo that works for you.

    Good luck on your new business and pop in every once in a while and say hello!!!

    John
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    Will do, I'll still be hanging around a bit and will certainly be glad to give any advice on the zetec swap that I can.
    BTW, I fixed the leaky heater hose and replaced the thermostat housing. But the big win came from the new set of Motorcraft plug wires. I can't believe how smooth the idle is now and I lost all of the off-idle stumble and top end cut out that I was experiencing before.
    I think Graham knows that I am wanting to get rid of him, he is starting to shape up!

    All I still need to do is replace the a/c compressor and drier, plastidip the passenger side window frames and do a good cleaning and it will be ready to go!

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