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Old 11-21-2007, 07:01 PM   #21
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i looked into replacing the tempo glass with plastic as a weight saving measure.

weighed a rear door glass: 6 lbs.

other side glass on 4 dr all about the same size, so all side glass about 26-28 lb. (it has those lil side windows behind the rear doors too)

can't scrape it so didn't want plastic on windshield or back window.

figured out how much the plastic would have weighed but don't have that value at my disposal right now. anyway you can see on my car the savings would have been modest... <20 lb.

if it's worth it depends on how radical you wanna get.

and of course the escort wagon has more glass on the wagon sides but other than that should be similar.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:43 PM   #22
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If you are wanting radical changes, chop the top and/or narrow the car by as much as you can with the drivetrain still able to fit in the car
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Old 11-22-2007, 04:46 AM   #23
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Well it looks like my Spring Project Car is quickly turning into a Winter Project Car

I already stated that I purchased a 'Donor' car for the 18k mile engine and misc. other low mileage parts....but it looks like I may have found a base 5spd wagon (with no roof rack to boot!). It is located a good 6 hours from me, but is an one owner in decent shape - at a decent price. The car has the green exterior and interior. The seller is sending me some more (better) pics this morning. If I like what I see, it could be in my driveway by the end of this weekend.

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Old 11-22-2007, 11:34 AM   #24
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Old 11-22-2007, 01:17 PM   #25
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Sweet! Thanks for the submissions omgwtfbyobbq & charlesB! Keep 'em coming!
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:42 AM   #26
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Roadtrip to Boston to pick up the Wagon! Will be heading out momentarily. I am going with my wife and we decided to stay, just South of Boston, overnite and take in some sights and shopping (oh well, have to give a little to get a little ). I think we are going to try to eat at 'Cheers' tonight since we will only be 45min to 1hr from there. She will drive 'Now' back and I will drive the UnNamed Wagon. Wish me luck!
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:23 PM   #27
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Shopping, Mystic Pizza, Cheers and a New Home for the UnNamed Wagon

Whew! Back Home...Just returned from picking up the UnNamed Wagon from the Boston, MA area. Stopped at some shopping outlets and village along the way, ate Pizza in Mystic, CT and had dinner at Cheers. Not a bad trip at all, fit a lot in. Traffic was horrible on the way back (especially around NY City area), but what do you expect driving on one of the biggest traveling days of the year.

The Wagon is not perfect, but a good base to start on. Made it back home with no drama. I'll post some pics soon.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:24 PM   #28
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Old 11-26-2007, 09:39 AM   #29
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Win $100.00 in FREE Gas! Help Design my Spring Project Car?

Win $100.00 in FREE Gas! Help Design my Spring Project Car?

Since response was sluggish on the Aero and Paint Contests (only two submissions so far) I though I would revamp the contest. There will be ONE winner that will receive a $100.00 gift card to the Gas Station of their choice (as long as there is one local to me-otherwise a $100.00 may be substituted via Pay-Pal at my discretion) for the best overall submission.
The submission will be judged on numerous factors including how comprehensive/complete the submission is thought out (engine, trans, rolling resistance, aero, paint etc.). Pictures/Drawings are not necessary, but recommended. The longer and more complete the list of modifications the better.

Submission must be based on a 1997 Ford Escort Wagon 4cyl Gasoline Engine with a 5spd Manual Transaxle.

You must be a member of GasSavers.org to submit. If you are not a member, take a minute to join?it?s easy and free, then you can post in the forums/threads (including this one). Submissions must be posted in this thread.

The contest will run until the end of the year (12/31/07). This will give time for more members/viewers to submit their design information.

By submitting a design, you agree that all ideas submitted are public knowledge/info and can be used my any and all members/viewers of GasSavers.org.

This contest supersedes any and all previous contests (including the Aero and Paint contest posted on 11-19-07). I reserve the right (again) to change any and all rules pertaining to the contest without notice. Previous submissions from the 11/19/07 Aero and Paint contests will carry over and count towards this contest (although you may want to add on to them for MPG modifications/improvements.

There will be no minimum number of submissions. Someone will receive the $100.00 in FREE GAS even if there are only a few submissions.

Thanks again for your interest and help designing my Spring Project!
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Old 11-27-2007, 04:54 PM   #30
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Pics from trip

Here are some pics of the car and the trip to Boston to pick it up. Also a (bad) picture of my wife and myself in front of Cheers.
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Cheers - Boston, MA



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