atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#161: Escort Repair, the Continuing Saga

I'm looking at spending a few hundred bucks on parts over the next couple of months.

The drivetrain from the green car needs little work, but it's going to get a new clutch. The one that's in there probably has plenty of life left on it, but when you've got the drivetrain out of the car, it only makes sense to replace something as labor-intensive as the clutch.

Besides that, the red car's radiator leaks. It leaks pretty badly, too. It drips continuously as long as the engine is running; just drip...drip...drip... Not a severe or very fast leak, but bad enough. Antifreeze costs $7 per gallon, for crying out loud.

The clutch kit will run about $106 from AutoZone. The radiator will run $120 from AutoZone. (I checked prices for Murray's. The prices are either higher, or the warranties shorter, or both.)

I'm really only worried about the flywheel, to be honest. It should not need resurfacing, considering that the clutch in the car is still good; but we'll see. I may have to send it out for a little work.

I also want to do some work on "detailing" the drivetrain--clean it up, make it look nice and pretty. I won't have a lot of time to detail the engine compartment it goes into, but I'm hoping to be able to clean that up a bit, too. I am thinking of replacing the engine mounts, too.

Overall, removing the engine from the green car turned out to be less painful than removing the engine from a Fiero. The only reason the Fiero engine removal seems easier is that I had a precise, step-by-step explanation of the task, with pictures, from the Fiero Forum. The Escort engine removal procedure in the Haynes manual is rather vague, and to be honest I never even so much as glanced at the manual while pulling the engine.

Saturday and Sunday are scheduled days off for me, so I plan to finish parting the green car and get her ready for the junk man. :( Hopefully I can get her out of here on Monday or Tuesday, which will make all of us here a lot happier.

Then I can finally start putting the '86 Fiero back together so it can sit in the driveway instead of the garage, and I can put the '85 into the garage.

The '86 project has stalled completely due to the need for me to spend my wrenching time working on Escorts. There's a lot of work to be done on the '86 before that car is road-worthy, but I have a myriad of things to deal with between where I am now, and that car's return to drivability. I'm starting to wonder if the thing will ever make it back to the road....

But that's an issue for another time.

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