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Time to get it running..

Post by Psycowizerd » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:22 pm

My XR runs and drives, the clutch is toast and the engine is pretty low on compression, and that's just the top of the list that needs done. But I want to be able to get it on the road, and I now have a deadline to have it drivable, witch is Sept. 5th when it is expected at a local event here to drive 75 miles of freeway. The drive should be fairly easy on the car, but I have to get it safe to drive first, so I ordered a cheap Luk clutch to stuff in it. It needs a coolant leak fixed, and I have a weird problem with the clutch cable hanging up that needs addressed. then I'll take her out and see how she does.

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Post by John Brennan » Wed Jul 30, 2008 9:57 pm

What event is that?
This is my car, and these are my people!
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Post by Psycowizerd » Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:08 pm

Its a ford G2G, nothing spectacular, most of them drive focuses, there just giving me crap for replacing my 1998 escort zx2 with a scion TC, so they want to see a ford.

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Post by richardcurtis » Thu Jul 31, 2008 4:51 pm

Better get started on that low-compression problem. Could be as simple as a head gasket as complicated as a burned valve. Do a compression/leakdown test. Change plugs, distributor cap & rotor, spark plug wires, set timng, etc. Check for codes. Replace the clutch cable; they're cheap ($25?) and easy to DIY. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Post by Psycowizerd » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:36 pm

Oh, i know.. the engine is worn, im going to rebuild the entire thing soon, its also getting a new turbo.

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Post by barrylee66 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 9:05 pm

do the clutch and fix the leak and drive it around to see what falls off next.or should I say beat on it till the next part falls off. I have had mine 5 years and have driven it less than 1k miles,it seems to do better if I take it easy
yea its an escort wanna run

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Post by Psycowizerd » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:51 pm

the compression on the engine is pretty low, and the turbo isn't perfect. I get the car as a project though, and its all in the plan. Its going to be a bit more powerful, stripped as light as i can get it, and used for recreation, not as a daily. Right now, I'm going to get it drivable, the parts im looking to get are a little pricey, and i cant really avoid tearing it down more than once. So for now, its going to be made street worthy, new clutch, leak fixed, new cat, and im going to get it to pass emissions to get it licensed and street legal. That way I can drive it every week or two to asses possible other problems. It has a different drive shaft (I wasn't the one that did the tranny swap) and I found that the vibration was loose bolts in the adapter spacer on it, east fix. the reason it doesn't have a working speedo is because the speedo cable is too short, another easy fix. I pulled the clutch out last night and it was more than worn out, it was destroyed. my exhaust leak was a simple matter of the 3" down pipe, and the 3" borla cat back being poorly coupled to the stock cat. I just power washed the transmission and painted it, the only engine paint i had left was purple, so it looks a little fisher-price, perhaps a new color next time i tear it down. All in all, most of its issues are pretty trivial. It has a 255lpg pump in the tank, and the stock out of tank pump connected, it also has a 255lph pump external mounted, but disconnected, but it seems to be in good working order. its running 20lbs of boost, and seems to be doing an okay job at it, so long as i have premium in it. A little sea foam, and some alcohol seemed to have done a pretty good job of getting the engine running a little smoother. We'll see where it goes.

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Post by Frag » Sat Aug 02, 2008 8:06 pm

Finally! Purple engines are starting to catch on around here!
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Post by Rotisserie » Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:31 am

:shock: shriek! my corneas!!


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Post by Psycowizerd » Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:59 am

shield you eyes, The intake was allready purple when I got the car..

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Post by Frag » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:48 pm

Wow, looks like someone got hungry and took a bite out of the seats.
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Post by CV12Steve » Sun Aug 03, 2008 8:32 pm

Frag wrote:Wow, looks like someone got hungry and took a bite out of the seats.
. . . and the clutch!
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Post by Psycowizerd » Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:22 pm

well it runs again, so far, just to the gas station and back, much left on the to-do list, but its a start.

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Re: Time to get it running..

Post by Psycowizerd » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:14 am

Holy THREAD REVIVAL BATMAN, I'm back..



The little XR in this post is gone, sold back to its original owner year ago. But, I am finally about to pick up another..

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Re: Time to get it running..

Post by thesameguy » Tue Jan 22, 2019 11:54 am

Be nice to this one, k?

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