Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by NightWulf, Dec 29, 2010.
'91 just showed up in another yard near me.
indoor stuff like epoxy painting the calipers cause it's still too damn cold outside ..... at this rate i'll have a few hundred coats on them and they'll just look like blobs lol
Swapped over my new tires on to the 03 wheels. Was planning on putting them on my tracer right away but I think I’ll keep them here for a bit. Liking the look
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Been working on the BP swap for my wagon for the past few months. Most of the engine bay is painted with POR15 to encapsulate any rust there, and prevent any further. Next time I head down to my parents I'll finish painting what's left, I just ran out last time haha. Wiring harness has been run through the firewall. All accessories have been installed on the engine, transmission has been mated to the engine since the most recent photo below. 95 Kia manual rack has already been installed with polyurethane bushings, as seen below.
Still need to install the new throttle/accelerator cable, and run a 4-gauge power wire for my amp/sub through the firewall. Then, time to drop the engine in the bay. Also need to mount the ECU inside the car, install the new 94 Protege steering column I got, need to measure/weld up a flange onto my downpipe, and fix a pinhole exhaust leak in it.
Either way, it's finally coming together!
Having a flash back to when I did the BP swap in my wagon, rollin! That bp is out of a 91-92 GT right? Curious, it says bp05 7-2. Cause the N/A bp in my wagon now, says bp05 4-1
I'm honestly not sure what year the motor came out of. The donor car I'm swapping everything else from is a 94 GT, but it has spun rod bearings. So I picked up a running motor from a local guy, but I forget what year it came from.
I'm sure it's an early one(91-92) by that factory exhaust manifold, looks like a factory header, it also has a smaller crank bolt, that's how you can tell it's an earlier one from the 93-96 ones.
That's what I figured. Oh well. Allegedly it ran fine when the guy pulled it about a month before I bought it. Said it didn't smoke or burn oil at all. Paid $250 for the motor, and $150 for the donor car.
I'm just ready to get it done, I've been without my wagon since around October. (Idler pulley was going out on it, and already had the donor parts.) We bought a '14 Honda CRV around then, and I just kept the wagon down at my parents with the rest of my parts until I had time to work on the swap.
Other parts to go on include some MX-3 (non leather, unfortunately) seats. Local guy has said he can build me a 2.5" exhaust from header back for around $200, if I supply resonator, Flex pipe, and muffler.
My suggestion is to leave the resonator off if you want a more throaty, sporty sound.
Suggestion noted. Anyone have any recommendations for mufflers for a 1.8?
Borla Boomers for sporty sound. My zetec is running a Borla/ S/R muffler. I really like it. Fairly quiet on normal driving but gets growly when you open it up. Keep in mind I'm running an Iceman intake and headers so that will change sound but I eliminated the resonator.
I got to redo my exhaust at some point, it has 2.25 right now but with the turbo swap coming I need 2.50. I've read that it sounds like the pipes are about to split in two running a turbo with 2.25. Right now it's just a pacesetter header with a generic ricer muffler, no cat, no resonator, throaty....loud.
I swapped my winter tires for the summer meat today. I need to dig up another set of 03 wheels, I have regular 15" zx2 wheels on it now and I don't care for them that much.
I was going to do that this past weekend when it approached 80 degrees.
However, I got busy doing other things and I still have my winter tires on. Turns out it was a blessing as the roads were icy going to work yesterday and I drove home just now through very potent snow squalls. It's friggin mid-April and I'm tired of winter crap!!!
Yeah it was snowing on my way home from work today but it didn't amount to anything. We won't get any more accumulation where I will need the snows. The summer tires are new all seasons anyway so they'll be fine.
I fear the day my wagon comes to this. I don’t have frame rail rust but I have the mother of all rust on panels under the door. A good 2 feet of metal is gone from one side and I made it look good by riveting shaped metal over them and cutting it in with paint and you can’t even tell it’s there. I’ve had to replace all my brake lines. My escort is in pristine condition other than that. And when I say that I mean it’s 90% stock, I have everything to make it 100% stock, 150,000 miles, 5 speed, original manuals and sales information, no interior wear (my headliner only has a slight tear in it but is otherwise untouched). Fully LED upgraded interior lighting, 5 speed, original rims, and even my carpet is mint. It’s the cleanest escort out of the 8 I’ve owned and cleaner than any I’ve ever seen. My engine bay looks like 30k miles
Got the motor in the bay this weekend! Only had one day to work on it, so didn't get as much done as I wanted, but hey, progress is progress.
To do list:
Finish hooking up accessories/parts in the bay
Finish installing the steering column (swapped to protege tilt column + manual steering rack along with this BP swap)
Repin instrument cluster harness for GT gauge cluster
Measure downpipe to fab up
Install mx3 seats
Run amp wire under carpet/trim + install ground wire, and mount fuse block for amp
Install strut tower bar
Reinstall hvac, radio, and console.
Junkyard visit. Unfortunately the front bumper was gone....dumb, but I scored the side skirts! And I picked the orange turn signals, total $35. And a lil test fit.
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