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Old 03-06-2020, 10:40 AM
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88 Ford EXP.

I started this project over a year ago. At first I was just swapping the stock 90ish HP central injection motor out with the stock 120hp HO motor for a little more power. My EXP was mostly a backup daily driver as at the time I started the project I was driving a older late model Jag. Now, no longer having the jag and daily driving a bear bones 2019 fiesta S 5-speed car I no longer need to keep the EXP has a backup.


For those that do not know the ford EXP is more or less a more sporty version of the Escort GT. Its FWD, a 4 banger 2 setter.

Handles rather good for an 80s econo car. And wile its missing 4 cylinders it does not stop the car from being fun to drive on back roads and what not.



So here starts the madness.
The stock 115HP has got to go. Shooting for 200-250hp. Anything more and I'll get into having to make custom drive train and tranny parts. Given that lack of aftermarket support i do not want to get into that.



I'll be pulling every power option off the car to shed weight, even the power brakes. AC delete, PS delete, maybe even a heater delete.
I'll be semi gutting the interior, I'll be removing all the insulation, sound detonating, radio and keeping the dash, carpet headliner, door panels.

coil overs front and back. Reinforcing the shock towers and bracing up the car to make it stiffer and a few other small things here and there.



Motor build up plans.

I have a motor that was all ready rebuilt from a racing shop in TX years and years ago, Ill be starting with it. It been modified from a 1.9l to 2l witch is nice.



  1. ARP main and head studs and rod bolts.
  2. Rods, earlier stock (stronger) or aftermarket, not sure yet.
  3. Ceramic coating the head and pistons maybe better pistons too.
  4. If I can get the pulleys right I'll supercharge it, 6-8psi boost maybe more. I have a ARM500 mine root blower.
  5. Crank balanced.
  6. Head ported.
  7. Crane cam with .472 lift and balanced .
  8. Roller rockers
  9. Dual spring crane valve springs if I can find the right retainers or over sized valves.
  10. adjustable cam pulley.
  11. MSD 6la2.
  12. Solid motor mounts.


My plans for the trans is just a rebuild and LSD.

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Old 03-06-2020, 10:43 AM
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What I have done as of today.
1: Window lovers installed.
2: All power options removed aside form the power brakes.
3: Most of the red interior has been removed, just the dash is left.
4: Fount shock tower to fender braces restored.
5: Cam has been sent off for a reground.
6: Manual steering rack has been rebuilt and panted flat black.


Attached are some photos of what I done so far.
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A few things I also have planed.

Removing the under side webbing from the hood, removing the hinges/latch and installing hood pins.



DIY fiber glass spoiler. The stock one is about 50-60lbs

Lexan rear glass window. the stock one is about 75lb.

Replacing stock steel brackets with lighter aluminum brackets.
Shortening and or drilled bolts maybe even titanium bolts to shave some more weight.

poly bushings.
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My brother had an '85 EXP. It was a two- tone navy blue. Hardly anyone even knows about them!
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My brother had an '85 EXP. It was a two- tone navy blue. Hardly anyone even knows about them!
You are right about that. The only people I meet that know what it is ether had one or knew someone that had one. More often then not I get ask if its a foxbody of some sorts.
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I was back at removing the dash yesterday. This car was so optioned out that the under side of the dash is full of wires and the best part of that is that all the wires are ether zip tied or anchored down in some way. So yes 3 days worth of work and the dash is still in the car.
ugh.

I hope the gray dash in my 87 parts car is less work wot remove, Id hate to damage it when I remove it. Luckily the only options on the 87 aside from the HO motor is fog lights, premium sound, power mirrors and cruise control, so the wiring mess should be much smaller.
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OK, I got good news, better news, bad news and some in between news.

Bad news is I broke my phone so no photos, I ordered a new phone but it may not arrive until the 20th.
The in between news, I had to give up on the dash removal for a wile. I don't want to brake anything so I just need to take a step back from it for now.
Good news is that I got the dented driver side fender off the car.
Better news is that there is very little rust under the fender and inside the inner fender.


And for my current change plans.
I'll be using carbs. It will cost more as I do not have all the parts. But It will make things a lot less complex in the log run. For now I will use the stock 1.9l carb manifold with a Weber 38. Latter down the road I'll look into bike carbs. The Yamaha R1 carbs look like a good pick.
I will also be deleting the plastic wheel well liner, heater and heater fan.
The wheel well will be lined with 3M rubberized undercoating after removing the rust and rest sealing it. The gaps between the door-jam to fender well and bumper to fender well will have a aluminum plate installed to keep water out of the car and what not.
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Old 04-08-2020, 06:50 AM
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I found a old phone I can use to take a few photos, but the photos will not look the best.
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Once I get my tax refund if I ever do... uncle sam seems to goof up and has to mail me a check every year. Anyway once I get it I'll make anther parts buy. List of parts below.

All-new front brakes witch includes the following.
Drill and slotted rotors
Remaned caliper.
New pads.
New rubber brake lines.
Dot5.1

I'll also be buying new door panel clips to better hold the door panels on.
Moog wheel hub and baerrings
Moog problem solver control arms with have polly bushes.
New Moog tie rod ends.
Struts mounts (I have a set of KYB struts and new springs already)

I'll likely be adding to this list.

EDIT:
I also started on the rust repar on the dirver side fender well.
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