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When to throw in the towel?

Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.8L DOHC' started by fastkort94az, Apr 26, 2020.

  1. fastkort94az

    fastkort94az Well-Known Member

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    Phoenix, Arizona
    I've got an '94 Escort that I've been working on for a number of years. To make a long story short, here are the highlights:
    • Started the project as an LX with a 1.9L
    • Did the body and paint but wanted more
    • Swapped the 1.9L for a 1.8L out of a GT
    • Wanted more power so ripped the engine for rebuild
    • Engine and trans rebuild got out of hand---ambition and budget were not an issue
    • Engine is rated to handle 25 pounds of boost and 400 hp; trans and clutch can handle 500 hp
    • Redid body and paint
    • Dropped in new rebuilt engine and trans
    • Had a custom turbo set-up and manifold done
    • Got a FAST engine management system
    • Ripped out all the interior pieces, ripped out interior wiring and engine-bay wiring
    • Put the car on hold---college, work, life got busy
    • Car sat for years outside and ruined the body and paint
    • Decided to start over from scratch and bought another GT car
    • Had the engine and parts swapped from old car to new car
    • Sent the old car to the junk yard
    • New car has all interior pieces, interior wiring, and engine bay wiring with an absurd-built engine and trans
    • Aftermarket ECU needs to be wired for engine to run

    After exhausting all the highlights above, the years have passed. Typical MO with a project: Got a few dogs, got married, got a house, had a kid. And now I've since lost the fire to get this car back on the road.

    What remains is to get the new ECU installed, custom wire harness built, and tune. But from there, there's still the suspension, the fuel delivery, body, paint, etc.

    All opinions welcome: At what point is it time to throw in the towel on a project?

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  2. Joey_Twowagons

    Joey_Twowagons FEOA Member

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    Vancouver Island, Canada
    Well if your kid is a son, maybe he will eventually be interested in the car.
    zzyzzx and denisond3 like this.

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