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Great job and congrats on the MX-3 seats! Wish I could find/afford some. If anyone is curious my wagon-no start problem is posted over on the 3rd gen. section.

Have not posted here in quite a while due to poor health of elderly parents.
My best of wishes to your parents.

Try car-parts.com i used that site and searched for the seats. Got them for 100 with the double door center consoler and paid another 250 in shipping.
 

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My Gen 1 is back on the road again after a year in the weeds after someone managed to hit one of the front tires in a parking lot, which wrecked the steering rack.

I finished the install of the new rack and pinion and tie rod ends, and since I had to take the exhaust off to get the rack out, I had all the broken hangars and holes welded. I'm not in a hurry to get it to a shop right now with the pandemic blowing up where I live so I did the front end toe alignment with a tape measure in a flat parking lot. I was able to dial it down to 1.5/16" of toe-in measured at the tire treads - right at the -0.100" alignment spec. When it gets into the shop it'll be interesting to see how close I really got it.

Drove it around for about an hour just burning old gasoline and I've missed this thing. It's good to be back. :)

 

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Gen 3 '98 wagon:
Got a new battery put in.. Miata 15" Enkei's 5-spokes with 195-50-15...Quite a different look..
Would have preferred some more standard 38mm offset wheels for a wider stance, but for $200 with 2 usable tires, I won't complain..
Still have to figure out the PS ( new rack and hoses) fluid leak and finding a pair of emergency brake cable brackets ( Protege rear calipers..)
Was good day today..I'm happy.
Now I'm seriously considering going turbo with it....
 

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It’s a sad day here the 97 escort I bought for my daughter to learn to drive in has run it’s course it’s done it’s do diligence,,
It’s the 4th escort I’ve owned in the last 20 years..
Had a 93 white station wagon , 94 green mercury tracer wagon ,98 parts car ,
I Payed $1200 for a 97 gold 4 door 3 1/2years and it had 53,000 miles now it has 90,126 miles this car was so reliable that the only thing besides front brakes and a muffler and tailpipe was a injector that went bad one start way back when ,,
The salt they put on the roads here in western pa. Is amazing... the backend is rusted beyond repair what a shame ..
Tried looking to buy another one but around here they have run there life cycle
Only good ones are down south or out west in Arizona or California...
so it’s going to the upull upay down the road
Giving me $280 for it.. so all good things must come to a end ...
 

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............. salt they put on the roads here in western pa. Is amazing... the backend is rusted beyond repair what a shame ........
Yeah they seem to forget that the salt melts the cars; not just the ice. I swear it's the auto-retailers driving them damned trucks. I was pizzed when a salt truck sat right next to my car for several minutes with the salt spreader running; alerted by the sound of tiny rocks hitting sheet metal I peeped out the window. Late at night, by the time I got some clothes and shoes on and went out there, he had just moved on. :mad:

The following products seem to work okay. Try to drive-to-dry when possible. But driving to dry on salty roads defeats the purpose. If it's going to sit wet anyway due to rain, may as well hose'em down for the night.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0064N1FOW/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004A7J8FW/
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092WXN1A/
 

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Gen 3 '98 wagon:
Got a new battery put in.. Miata 15" Enkei's 5-spokes with 195-50-15...Quite a different look..
Would have preferred some more standard 38mm offset wheels for a wider stance, but for $200 with 2 usable tires, I won't complain..
Still have to figure out the PS ( new rack and hoses) fluid leak and finding a pair of emergency brake cable brackets ( Protege rear calipers..)
Was good day today..I'm happy.
Now I'm seriously considering going turbo with it....
 

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Found a Mazda Protege 5 in the yard and yanked the strut tower bar. Wasn't sure if it would fit so I tried it out on a ZX2 that was in the yard. Seemed to fit pretty close with minimal modding so I bought it and installed it. I had to cut off a couple of tangs that were attached to the passenger side bracket to clear the windshield washer reservoir.





John
 

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I changed the plugs on my 98 zetec swapped wagon. I'm pretty sure the plugs are original. They were Motorcrafts and well worn with about 60,000 miles on them (if they're original). The nice power and mileage gains from pulling the knock sensor will probably be augmented with the fresh plugs. Maybe I will be able to go back to 87 octane....the engine was pinging lightly on light throttle uphill loads. 89 octane eliminated any pinging. City mileage has jumped up to about 27.5 from about 25.5 on this auto trans car since I pulled the knock sensor.

Found some oil in the spark plug holes so a new valve cover gasket will be in the works.

I hope to get 4 hole injectors installed next... the 98's still used single pintle injectors.
 

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................ engine was pinging lightly on light throttle uphill loads............
I had a cold engine spark knock under load on my 2nd Gen for a year(s). Eventually that became permanent, at which point I replaced the heated oxygen sensor. For the time when it wasn't permanent, I suspect that the heater had gone out. Anyway, that took care of the issue. Unlike OBD-I 2nd Gen, that OBD-II Zetec should set an oxygen sensor code though???

Note: Engine parameters are only adjusted from upstream sensor readings. Downstream sensor is only used to determine how well the catalytic converter is functioning.
 
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