All the escoort fitted different versions for each helo type were tough and on. Ne the vain spring hangers for sport, they have been known to vain clean off. On the panel is vain over the old one. The sigma displacement contributed to a on annual road tax obligation to Japanese buyers which helped sales.
The problem is the amount of labour involved and the costs maek you can't do it yourself. Engines and running gear. These are simple, rugged and reliable. Even when they are completely worn out with chain rattle, piston Ford escort mark two, worn big ends etc mar. They will keep going! If you come across an OHV that refuses to start easily or is very lumpy on start up. Walk away unless the body work is perfect. There are plenty more out there. Also fitted were the OHC or 'Pinto' engines. Escor again were reliable and long lasting with few design faults. Two spring to mind though.
The camshaft was supplied with oil from a 'spray bar' that runs along above the shaft. In theory this was fine, however after a few years of late oil changes or poor quality oils. The bar clogs up and starves the shaft of oil leading to cam shaft wear and even snapping! Again shafts are easy to fit and cheap to buy, but beware of an engine that looks neglected with thick dirty oil. The shaft is driven by a rubber timing belt. This is again a fine idea in theory but has it's problems. The belts are prone to early failure from oil contamination from the camshaft and crank oil seals failing. Make surethe belt has been changed recently, if not change it as soon as you can.
And in any event they should be changed every 3 years regardless of mileage. Apart from the above the engines should give little trouble. All the gearboxes fitted different versions for each engine type were tough and reliable.
Buying a Mark 1 or 2 Ford Escort
They are known to rumble and moan in the first 3 gears when Ford escort mark two miles are high. However they will do this for amrk If the gears crunch or are Forr, it MAY be worn gears on the synchro. More likely it s the tow cable needing adjusted or replaced. Again Ford cut corners and the cable design is a bit weedy. Again simple and rugged. The word ' Carthorse' springs to mind! Check the rear spring hangers for rust, they have been known to fall clean off! Not fun at 70 mph. Any knocks and clunks are common and will be a matter of replacing bushes or ball joints.
The front ball joints are part of an arm fitted with bushes. The Escort had conventional rear-wheel drive and a four-speed manual gearboxor three-speed automatic transmission.
The suspension consisted of MacPherson strut front makr and a simple live axle mounted on leaf springs. The Escort was the first small Ford to use rack-and-pinion steering. The Mark I featured contemporary styling fwo in tune with its time: Less than two years after launch, Ford offered Ford escort mark two four-door version of the Escort. Initially, the Escort was sold as a two-door saloon with circular front headlights Frd rubber flooring on the msrk Luxe" model. The "Super" model featured twi headlights, carpets, edcort cigar lighter and a water temperature gauge.
A cc engine was also available in some export markets such as Italy and France. This tiny engine remained popular in Italy, where it was carried over for the Escort Mark II, but in France it was discontinued during This version featured additional instrumentation with a tachometer, battery charge indicator, and oil pressure gauge. The same tuned 1. Later, an "executive" version of the Escort was produced known as the "E". This featured the same 13" road wheels and flared wings of the Sport, but was trimmed in an upmarket, for that time, fashion with wood trim on the dashboard and door cappings.
A higher performance version for rallies and racing was available, the Escort Twin Cam, built for Group 2 international rallying. This engine had originally been developed for the Lotus Elan. The Escort, driven by Australian driver Frank Gardner went on to comfortably win the championship. The Mark I Escorts became successful as a rally car, and they eventually went on to become one of the most successful rally cars of all time. This gave rise to the Escort Mexico cc "crossflow"-engined special edition road versions in honour of the rally car.