Ford Escort Twin-Cam GT

Started on June 25 by aeronca65t

Ride Rating

12

Here's my '92 Ford Escort Twin Cam (OK, "GT").

I originally built it with the GR '07 Challenge in mind. But I could not get enough time off to make it down (from NJ) and back to the '07 event. Maybe '08.

I figured it would just be a "crap car" for the Challenge and to get my feet wet in NASA, but actually, it's turned out to be a decent little car.

In real terms I have about $700 in it (but the GR "fair market value" would probably double that figure). It began life as my sister-in-law's daily driver and was then passed on to my 80 year old Dad. Then onto me.

It was automatic, but a kind-hearted GR forum member gave me a ratty, but complete, 5-speed Escort GT last year. The free car was in Ohio. So I took a Wednesday off and drove a round-trip of 1050 miles in one day to pick it up. Memorable. The cage came from a wrecked Protege. 13" X 7" steel wheels were free from an exploded ricer. The worst part of building this car was putting in the new brake/clutch pedal assembly (done after the cage was already in). The rest of the 5-speed swap wasn't too bad.

Since mid-'07 it has run at Pocono (three times), Lime Rock and a Four Hour Twilight Enduro at Summit Point. All told, I have about 15 hours of track time on it and it's been great. I will run the Escort in another 3 or 4 NASA events this year, if I have the time (I also race an Austin Healey Sprite in about 5 or 6 VRG vintage events each year).

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Jun 26, 2008 4:57 p.m.
chknhwk:
If you're doing the GRM'08 challenge pm me, we can road trip down together! I'll be leaving from the Philly area. Nice car!
Jun 30, 2008 6:04 a.m.
minimac:
I'd like to see more on the build of this. Maybe they could do a write up for the mag. Shows what can be done with some horse tradin' and a little ability. nice job!
Jun 30, 2008 2:22 p.m.
Powar:
Very cool low-dollar project! My BG chassis Protegé has really grown on me over the past few months.
Jul 3, 2008 1:29 p.m.
Beer Baron:
Would love to see the writeup on this. There's an Escort in my girlfriends parking lot that never moves but is an auto. I want to know more about doing this swap.
Aug 28, 2009 7:04 p.m.
deveous9:
super cool car
Nov 18, 2010 3:48 p.m.
Smack35:
Hey That's my Honda! I bought Tom's car this year, its a nice little car.

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