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Yeah, I got a wagon

Discussion in 'Escort Wagons' started by BerylLasko, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. BerylLasko

    BerylLasko Guest

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    Picked it up late Saturday from someone I work with for dirt cheap. I figured I needed a little beater, was thinking about getting a pickup but I've always been a car guy. Besides, this gets way better mileage. But what really sold me on the car was that it's practically a Mazda Protege with a Ford drive train (I can fix that ;) ).

    All I plan to us the car is basically hulling stuff around, but I can't simply leave well enough alone. I've also always wanted a car to tinker with, without fear of effecting the re-sale value, something 'not so nice' and make it fun! I plan to make this car as fun as possible for as cheap as possible.

    I'm terribly obsessed with weight reduction. I plan on finding ways of gutting this car down to 2000 lbs without removing the A/C or basic stereo (I need the A/C for work, I hate to be stuck at a job site outside around here in the summer without A/C!). But so far, I've just removed those silly hub caps, and the rear seats:

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    The bolts holding the rear seats sheared off, and I also noticed some rust around that area too. I seem to be not the only one with this problem. There is a bunch of other stuff I plan on taking off, does anyone know how to remove the roof rack?

    I'm also involved somewhat with SCCA racing. A friend of mine races spec racer Fords which uses almost the same 1.9L SOHC Ford engine as the escort, but with 120hp on tap and a better gear box. I might be able to get my hands on one of those drive trains, we'll see:

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    I suppose it's the racer in me to want to strip down a perfectly good people carrier and turn it into something a tad more fun. Oh, and I plan to put a roll cage in it for shits and giggles and perhaps one day represent Escort wagons at the track:

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    Thanks, hope to see ya'll around!
    ~David
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    LIKE THIS?!?

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    haha welcome to the forums, dude. glad to find a very like minded individual
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    :eek: Yeah...eventually! :lol: Dude, I love your car!
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    My question is why are they using the factory Ford airbox on that racecar? I wounder what the racecar would do if it had foundnemo25's 2.2 SPI turbo? It should drop right in and it makes 371 hp and 422 ft-lbs. :twisted:

    To remove the roof rack you have to remove the headliner and unbolt it from the inside.
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    Hey--when'd you get the new rims? Nice!

    C ya,
    Dutch
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    they've been on for a few weeks. traded a friend who wanted 17's 'cause i wanted to go 15's. they're scion xA factory upgrades =)

    and to mr lasko, thank you very much. i look forward to seeing your car drop a few more pounds, then we can be twinkies haha
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    I figured I'd need to take the head liner out...yeah, I'll get right on it.

    As for the Spec Racer Fords, the engines are 'Spec' for a reason, they come built and sealed a certain way and race teams are not allowed to tamper with any of the engine components, including the airbox. But seriously, these cars are bad ass! They are only like 900 lbs and have no problems keeping up with full race 500hp Cadillac CTS-V's.

    Power is nothing...balance is everything!
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    More weight reduction including removing the the roof rack, headliner, and other interior trim pieces. I also removed the runners on top of the car and plugged them up with some round head bolts. There was a lot of grit and dirt once they were removed, so the top was cleaned up and clay barred. I also removed the rear decals as well.

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    you've got a *ahem* good start there haha. you could still remove all the door panels and keep it totally functional, though
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    I'm going to hold off on that for now, esp. the driver's doors, they don't seem to be too heavy and they look rather ugly when they are off.

    I hear ya though! When I do, I'm going to probably cover the unsightly holes with custom cut aluminum panels. ;)
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    Now the Half-A car guys will walk around it wondering "What model of Mazda is this"?
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    LOL! Yeah, showed up to a car meetup this weekend and some people were like "wait a minute?", Mostly Mazda folks! LOL! I tell them it's the Original Protege5!!!

    But here is some more pics for ya (.esp for crazycarl88), did some more work like removing the carpet and sound deadening stuff, except for the front, they are acting like temp. floor mats, and don't look half bad either!

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    There was also quite a bit of rust, esp. around the rear fenders near the base of the wheel arch. I'll sand it down before I hit it up with Rust-O.

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    I put all the sound crap in a bucket. In all, it weighs about 12lbs, less than I thought, but it's a lot thinner than some other cars that I've done the same too....and it was easy!!! Just came right up, almost could use my hands, just a thin screwdriver and that was it!

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    PEACE
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    haha awesome. still completely driveable in every way too! that's about where mine was the day after i bought it except i put my racing seats and harnesses in that day too. and took off the door cards, but kept the top armrests. this thing brings back the memories haha. however, i'm curious about the weird calico paint in the back. mine was all painted red but it looks like they had areas masked off in yours. any ideas?
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    I think that is where he removed the sound deadening.
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    Yeah, sound deadening, and from the sound of it...you haven't removed your sound deadening stuff yet crazycarl88!!!! It's like 15lbs all ready to come off!

    I think at the factory, they laid down the sound deadening stuff first, then painted over top, giving the 2-tone look once it's removed.
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    haha yeah, shit i guess i didn't realize that crap was just sound deadening and it could be ripped out. thanks for the example!
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    Yeah! I'm helping make your car lighter!

    Also, have you removed the side molding yet? That's like 4 lbs of side weight!
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    nah, just because i'm lazy and don't feel like working all the two sided tape off haha...
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    Alright! It's been a while, but I have not been idle in my efforts to improve my Escort! To bring ya'll up to speed, I had a little fender bender late in May and crunched my front bumper up a bit but nothing major. But here are some good stuff I've done with the car:

    Fresh head swap
    Lighter underdrive pulley with 50% Aux pull
    New clutch master & slave cylinders
    K&N panel filter
    Ground control coilovers
    17" Tenzo R 10 spoke black wheels with 205/40/17 Falken tires

    Things that car coming up very soon:

    Mitsubishi Cordia sport seats (EXTREMELY RARE!!!)
    4 point harness
    Stiffer front struts (Tokico whites I think)
    weighted shift knob :roll:
    '95 Grand Prix headlight conversion
    front bumper swap (don't know yet)
    Short ram intake port matched with 3.8 Taurus throttle body
    EGR valve delete
    Coolant temp gauge
    window tint

    Things that are coming this year:

    MSD EDIS with performance plug wires
    Port 'n polished and port matched head
    higher cam but will use roller lifters
    adjustable cam sprocket
    5 angle valve job
    Megasquirt 2
    TURBO!!!!: T3/T4 with smaller A/R than you think (already have)
    Turbonetics Delta II 38mm wastgate (already have)
    intercooler (ebay brand, already have)
    Walbro 255 fuel pump (already have)
    Siemens 440 high impedence injectors (already have)
    Can't decide on a 2.5" or 3" full exhaust
    roll cage
    carbon fiber hood?

    oh yeah...and a paint job ;)

    Well, this should keep me busy for a while. PEACE!

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