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Yeah you read the title right. I have two EXPs. One is a 87 sporty that I will be picking up this weekend and the other is a really nice 88.
The 88 has a CFI and the 87 has an HO with some rust problems in the rear.

I have a rebuilt board over 1.9l HO long block. It came from a racing shop in TX. I was told its a smig under 2.0L.
I have a horde of parts and a little tinny 500cc super charger. Shooting for around 4psi of boost and 145hp.


Some things Id like to do for the SC build.
1: Dual exhaust, the stock header is a 4-2-1 header, so cutting off the last bit and welding pipes to it could work. Crazy idea, but hay why not? I have a few headers so I can always go back to a single setup.
2: Reground a cam for the boosted HO motor. Noting radical just more tuned for boost.
3: Adjustable cam pulley. I have the part so why not use it?
4: Roll bar. Jegs sells cages and roll bars for the EXP. Might as well get a roll bar to stiffen up the car.
5: Strut bars. Noting fanny, just a mild steel or aluminum pipe with the ends hammered down and bolted to the shock towers.
6: Paint the car. Likely Dark Shadow Blue or black.
7: LSD. Wile a euro LSD can be made to fit. I'll likely use a phantom grip
8: All new bushing.
9: Any steel bracket I can fab a replacement for will be refabbed in aluminum to lighten the car.
10: Swap the gray interior from the 87 to the 88.
11: EXP to normal escort grill swap. The stock escort gill is higher flowing wile the EXP grill is more restrictive air flow wise.
12: XR3TI ECU swap with interjects vam and stuff.
13: Replace everything with new parts were I can.
14: Remove all power options to lighten the car .
15: Put gray interior from the 87 in the 88.
16: Lighter aftermarket rad fan, the slim kind that mounts to the rad via zip ties or something.
17: Probably never going to happen, but I'd love to find a AWD tempo and convert the EXP to AWD.

The 87 Sporty.
1: Fix rusted out rear shock towers.
2: Remove and clean up all rust, then seal it.
3: Remove rear window louvers and install on the 88
4: Fix splitting door.
5: tune it up and fix anything else that is wrong with it.
6: Remove any parts I need to put the HO in my 88 and replace the parts when I can find replacement parts. I don't think I need much anything off it. I mostly just need it for references for wiring and stuff.
8: Put the red interior from the 88 in it.
7: Find a good home and a new owner for it. You know sell it.
 

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Day 1

Here the rack with new paint.
I striped it down to bare mettle, used high temp rust sealing primer, and two cotes of high temp rust sealing back paint. The rack had a tick of rust in two spots and I did not want any coming back since I did not sand blast the rack.
The boots on the ends of the rack and the white clamps are original to the rack believe it or not. The small green zips ties will be replaced once I get some better matching black ones.


Not sure 100% what to call this part.It goes between the steering column and rack it had some surface rust and I had a little rust sealing paint left so I painted it too. It really did not need it, but what the heck I might was well paint it too. I did not have enough for a full coat and it shows, but the part goes under the dash. You will never see it and its not going to get messy or wet so its not like it will rust anymore or be an eye sore.
 

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Day 2:
Anyone jelly?


Ok I got the window loovers from the black 87 on to the red 88.
In my opinion they look a lot better on a red car. But thats just me.
Also I painted one of the manual rack mounts and striped and painted the outer frount shock tower braces.
Will post photos of them tomorrow if I have time.
 

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Day 3:
I'm not really having time to get the real stuff done as I been sorting though all my parts.
But I finally found lift support struts that work for the red 88. Oddly the rear spoiler is waited, about 50lb and everything out there did not hold the hatch up at all.
The lift support struts on the black 87 were much stronger and worked grate, its spoiler is not had heavy ether so the struts I had on the 88 should work on the 87. Sadly the 87s spoiler is no where near as nice as the one on my 88 or Id swap them. The drop in weight would be nice. Maybe some day I'll find a nice earlier spoiler that is not as heavy but for now its the boat anchor.
 

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Welcome to the forum, one thing that stands out is this.

1: Dual exhaust, the stock header is a 4-2-1 header, so cutting off the last bit and welding pipes to it could work. Crazy idea, but hay why not? I have a few headers so I can always go back to a single setup.

This idea will cost you torque, do the 4 into 1 header and split it after the header if you want duals. Each tube in the header helps pull exhaust from the others witch helps empty the cylinders of exhaust. So you don't want to separate them into twos.
 

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Welcome to the forum, one thing that stands out is this.

1: Dual exhaust, the stock header is a 4-2-1 header, so cutting off the last bit and welding pipes to it could work. Crazy idea, but hay why not? I have a few headers so I can always go back to a single setup.

This idea will cost you torque, do the 4 into 1 header and split it after the header if you want duals. Each tube in the header helps pull exhaust from the others witch helps empty the cylinders of exhaust. So you don't want to separate them into twos.
I was thinking something along those line. I'm not sold on true dual exhaust yet. I'm still thinking about it.
I do know that all 4 tubes kinda join near the head for the O2. But I think I may just Y it past the cat or keep it single all the way.

Right now the setup is the stock 4-2-1 header, 2" pipe high flow 2 way cat and a really big diomax super turbo 2 muffler. And it does not sound riccy ether. At least not until you hit around 5k rpm and its only a mild rice sound. Not like the 16 year olds Honda down the road. But in a more European rice kinda sound if you know way I mean.
 

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does not look like I can edit my posts. :(

Here are the photos I posted so far.

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If your a big 80s escort guy like me you can see that my manual rack is a older steel rack. I'm not sure if the 85.5 or newer racks aluminum racks are any lighter. I never had one, but I seen photos of them.


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And the louvers. They are super light aluminum and plastic. So I added like 1 to 2 lb to the back of the car. More then anything I want the front of the car lighter. Its about a 70-30 split with the boat anchor spoiler. And the car is FWD. How it dose not have really bad under steer problems is beyond me. Maybe its the fully independent front and rear setup with sway bars? Or maybe its because it has so much body roll your shot out the window before the under steer kicks in. haha. the red 88 is a Luxury Coupe model and still has the super soft springs. I'll be changing that soon. I may go coil overs. but for the rear you have to reinforce the car a good bit to use them. And import the rear coil overs from the UK witch is costly.
Lucky you can get fount coil overs in the US.
 

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Some plans for the HO motor build.
I still do not have the HO built. I have a long block form a racing shop in TX.

I have a adjustable cam pulley from ford racing. I'll add 2 degrees of timming to shift the RPM rang down. These motors stop making power around 4500-5000k rpm anyway. So pushing the RPM rang down to 3500 ish isn't a bad idea.
The super charger I have is a AMR500 Supercharge, its super popular on old air cooled WVs. Mine needs a rebuild. But is in good shape. I'll put it were the AC compressor was. I'll likely run it off the alternator belt, but I could run it off the PS pump pulley too. However the PS pump pulley is really small and I do not want to fab a mount that can tighten the belt. If I place it on the alt belt I can use the adjuster on the alt mount just like if the blower was a AC compressor.

I'll put the fuel injection system and ECU out of a XR4Ti in the car. The XR4Ti used the same type setup but was tuned for boost. with the XR4Ti injectors, ECU and VAM I'll be good for 8psi, that double of the 4psi I'm shooting for. 8psi on the stock bottom end on a 1.9l is pushing it anyway.
 

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A super charger will lower the power curve or at least improve the bottom end.
 

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A super charger will lower the power curve or at least improve the bottom end.
Yeah, The CVH HO has most of its power down low in the RPM rang unlike most 4 banger too. And they idle kinda of high too So less sag form the blower.

Even the 90HP CFI CVH in the car now can chirp my 195/50/15 tires without a clutch dump.
So yeah it will pull hard once I adjust the cam timing and pull all the dead weight off the car.
Its already been so lightened in the front it looks like it does not have a motor in it with the stock springs.

For now I'll put pony springs on it, latter on once I get a new daily driver and pay it off I'll get adjustable coil overs on the fount.
 

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There's no lag with a super charger only turbos have a lag in boost.
 

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There's no lag with a super charger only turbos have a lag in boost.
Very true, there is power sag at the very low RPM rang. But defiantly no lag. This is why I went with a super charger and not a turbo. With all that power down low and lack of power up top a trubo makes less since then a trubo.
That and a super charger just plan sounds better.
 

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Got some OEM ford exp mud flaps for the car the other day, I also started to install the manual rack. But I need to find the right mound for the passenger side
 

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Will do tonight. I'm going to start pull all the stuff out of the engine bay soon to prep for the new parts and HO motor too.
I still have yet to complete the rear wheel tubs and shock tower skin. Its all spots welds and seam sealer so it takes for ever to remove the skin right to fix the rust.
I'll post photos of the rear wheel tubs and shock tower tonight too.
 

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I always wanted an LN7 back in the early 1980s.
I just have this full sized car addiction.
Plus in the early 80's I was getting free cars. OK company cars. It was difficult to justify spending money on a car when the company was giving me one to drive.

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