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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756692 05/14/18 09:02 AM
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Nice looking car. I hope you get many years of service.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756695 05/14/18 09:07 AM
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Looks like that car finally found the perfect owner!


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756739 05/14/18 09:51 AM
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I am reasonably sure that a convertible Escort was ever offered in the US. And I have been driving Escorts since January 1985.

Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FirstNissan] #4756747 05/14/18 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
Great looking car, terrible maintenance history. I hate to see such a great car with such a neglected history. Good job with your maintenance schedule so far.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: maxdustington] #4756758 05/14/18 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
Great looking car, terrible maintenance history. I hate to see such a great car with such a neglected history. Good job with your maintenance schedule so far.


Girl's car

Why? men can't enjoy convertibles?
I get way more compliments from men that i do from women about the car.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756848 05/14/18 11:18 AM
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To properly own a convertible, you must have indoor parking everywhere the car is driven to. BMW 3 seies 'verts use a retractable hard top which solves the problem.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756850 05/14/18 11:19 AM
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To be honest I owned a few Fords with this engine and worked on many more when I ran a Garage in the early (ish) 90's.

It is not the best but it is far from the worst.

I wouldn't flush it or anything.

Just use a decent oil and change it at shorter intervals

Thw Shell oil you mention seems a decent choice for this old CVH lump.

Course Vibratory and Harsh as we used to call them.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: Rand] #4756988 05/14/18 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted By: Rand
is that related at all the the one we had in the US?

IIRC My grandparents had a early 80's escort wagon..
it popped the headgasket and almost self destructed.


Related to the Merkur XR4Ti.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4756991 05/14/18 01:26 PM
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Originally Posted By: FordCapriDriver
Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
Great looking car, terrible maintenance history. I hate to see such a great car with such a neglected history. Good job with your maintenance schedule so far.


Girl's car

Why? men can't enjoy convertibles?
I get way more compliments from men that i do from women about the car.


You missed my point, it was owned by a girl. That means that it's appearance was kept up but it's mechanical maintenance was neglected.

My car was the same, owned by a girl and parked inside. Original brake fluid, trans fluid and power steering fluid at 190000 kms. Worn out suspension with two broken front springs that poked into the strut mounts when I finally got around to changing them.

I love the car dude!


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: maxdustington] #4757034 05/14/18 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: FirstNissan
Great looking car, terrible maintenance history. I hate to see such a great car with such a neglected history. Good job with your maintenance schedule so far.


Girl's car

Why? men can't enjoy convertibles?
I get way more compliments from men that i do from women about the car.


You missed my point, it was owned by a girl. That means that it's appearance was kept up but it's mechanical maintenance was neglected.

My car was the same, owned by a girl and parked inside. Original brake fluid, trans fluid and power steering fluid at 190000 kms. Worn out suspension with two broken front springs that poked into the strut mounts when I finally got around to changing them.

I love the car dude!

Ah, in that case you're right, sorry for misunderstanding your comment.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: mightymousetech] #4757037 05/14/18 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted By: mightymousetech
Originally Posted By: Rand
is that related at all the the one we had in the US?

IIRC My grandparents had a early 80's escort wagon..
it popped the headgasket and almost self destructed.


Related to the Merkur XR4Ti.

Not at all, the Merkur Xr4ti was based on the European Ford Sierra.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: bigjl] #4757041 05/14/18 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted By: bigjl
To be honest I owned a few Fords with this engine and worked on many more when I ran a Garage in the early (ish) 90's.

It is not the best but it is far from the worst.

I wouldn't flush it or anything.

Just use a decent oil and change it at shorter intervals

Thw Shell oil you mention seems a decent choice for this old CVH lump.

Course Vibratory and Harsh as we used to call them.

Haha i am well aware of the CVH's reputation, this is my second CVH, we used to have a Mk5 Escort 1.6 Ghia Estate with a carbed 1.6 CVH, it made it to 280.000 Km with no problems, we had it 10 years before it got broken up for spares and scrapped, in the end the engine burned some oil but ran ok, we just did normal servicing to it, the fuel economy was [censored] though, similar to my 3 litre MkII Capri.

This Xr3i has Bosch K-Jet Mfi and the fuel economy is a lot better, but still harsh when you get above 4000rpm, for sure, what does surprise me is that it doesn't seem to burn any oil at all, or smoke.


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4757048 05/14/18 02:40 PM
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Originally Posted By: FordCapriDriver
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Originally Posted By: Rand
is that related at all the the one we had in the US?

IIRC My grandparents had a early 80's escort wagon..
it popped the headgasket and almost self destructed.


Related to the Merkur XR4Ti.

Not at all, the Merkur Xr4ti was based on the European Ford Sierra.


Ooopps, my bad. Brain [censored].


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Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4757112 05/14/18 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted By: FordCapriDriver

Not at all, the Merkur Xr4ti was based on the European Ford Sierra.

And didn't that evolve into the Ford Mondeo, sold a short while in the US as a Contour/Mercury Mystique which ironically returned to America as the 2013-current Fusion?

Re: Neglected 1988 Escort valvetrain pics. [Re: FordCapriDriver] #4757292 05/14/18 07:32 PM
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The cooling system could use a citric acid flush.

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