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I have a 92, I tore it down to be a dirt track bomber. Now that my partner quit; I am rebuilding it. I am nearly finished and will be putting it on the road before the end of Sept.

I am becoming more and more interested in actually restoring/modding the car and I wondered what you all would do in my case.

The reason I ask is due to rust. If you couldn't tell I live in NY. The underbelly of the car and frame are in nice shape. No holes or major damage. I do have the normal rust above both back wheels and a little on each side near the trailing/torsion linkage. I am damn good with wrenches (I worked for Chrysler for some years), but are my chances in replacement justified or would I be better off looking for a new shell to put the modded bits (engine, suspension, etc.) in?

I see many luscious Escorts here and would like to see mine there someday. Has anyone done major body work? If so was it worth it?

Thanks and happy motoring...
 

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if the shock towers in the back are not rusty, fix the stuff you can see and keep it running.
 

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well I got my 92 EGT because the front end was wrecked, I fixed it up, really rewarding in the end even though it was a pain, yes it's a lot of work, if you are pretty good with a cut off wheel, welder, and bondo you can make her beautiful again.

here in washington we just get a lot of water so rust isn't an issue if you keep everything painted good! I'm glad I live here lol.

here's what my EGT looked like when I got it and I started working on it....


then I made it look like this....



now it looks like this only the hood is shinny now!



that's the most recent pic I have I've done a lot more work to her though so it's only getting better everyday! :D

up to you but if you wanna make a sweet scort sounds like you got a good car to start with!!!

btw I did my own paint and body work, that bumper, the paint on it is 96 cents a spray can at walmart, yeah I have fun with it, took me 45 min to paint that lol. that is including taking it off and cleaning it and spraying it, then I let it dry and tossed it back on. the hood, did that myself too, spray paint outta the can into my automotive HLVP spray gun, works wonders and is cheap!
 

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After ripping out the entire interior and every bolt and wire harness; I really know her inside and out. I planned on doing the rust before winter and then next year building my own fiberglass body parts. Using the nose and tail with foam epoxied to them, shave them to my desired design and then glass them. I plan on custom ram air hood and many other fun stuff....

Like I said the rust is in the normal areas, I am just afraid of what may happen to the underside uni-body.


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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!

DOOOO IT, make a nice scort man. sounds like you got a good base to start with! I wouldn't worry TOO much about the unibody strength after my car being wrecked 2 times, once in the snow from previous owner and once by me offroading *didn't see the metal post, drove over it, ripped about a 2 foot hole from the clutch petal to the driver seat* I would say the unibody should be fine as long as it isn't RUSTED OUT, and if it is just weld a plate in place of it and that'll work, that truck bedliner stuff works REAL good against rust and keeps it gone, plus it makes a good sound deadner :)

keep us posted on the project man!

I have had my scort gutted before.....



yeah, I had fun with it, shouldn't rust now on the inside from long humid winters
 
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