WTB: 1990 Escort GT Transmission

Looking for this unit, RWB, MTX-III.
I don't have the numbers off of my tranny because the sticker lifted off, but I think this unit was used from 1986 to 1990 on all MFI 5
speed Escort GT models.
I'm in northern NJ. I found a place that has a couple of used/salvaged ones but they're pretty shady and want $200 for what is basically a gamble on whether or not the one I pick will work.
I think I'd rather pick up a reman for a hundred or so more if possible and sell or donate the car. Just put new tires on it in September, dang!
This car doesn't owe me anything and we're off to the President's day sales to probably purchase a new vehicle, but everything else is more or less in good working order. It's been an old friend for some time now and I'd hate to send it to the crusher, especially with all that new rubber.
Matt
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

How about $125.00 & 6 mo. warranty?
How many do you want?
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1989 Transmission Ford Escort    RN26074 FROM TERRY S CAR SELL PRI              $350    Corona's Auto Parts USA-CT(Hartford) E-mail 1-800-842-0021 1987 Transmission Ford Escort              970430    $250    Newark Motor and Export USA-NJ(Newark) Request_Quote 1-866-589-7456 for Cars 1-866-589-5383 for Trucks & Vans Request_Insurance_Quote 1988 Transmission Ford Escort              980323    $250    Newark Motor and Export USA-NJ(Newark) Request_Quote 1-866-589-7456 for Cars 1-866-589-5383 for Trucks & Vans Request_Insurance_Quote 1987 Transmission Ford Escort                   $250    Hill Auto Parts USA-NJ(Patterson) E-mail 1-973-754-0022 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    RN70673               $250    Corona's Auto Parts USA-CT(Hartford) E-mail 1-800-842-0021 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    5-87,FWD,1.8L,5SPD,F LR,GT         035700    $225    Budget Parts 104 USA-NY(Williamson) E-mail 1-800-882-0108 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    10-86,FWD,1.9L,5SPD, FLR,GT         063900    $225    Budget Parts 104 USA-NY(Williamson) E-mail 1-800-882-0108 1990 Transmission Ford Escort    FWD,1.9L,5SPD,FLR,LX          062800    $225    Budget Parts 104 USA-NY(Williamson) E-mail 1-800-882-0108 1988 Transmission Ford Escort    GT 5 spd         CC-568    $200    Lacey Used Auto Parts USA-NJ(Newark) Request_Quote 1-800-741-0653 Request_Insurance_Quote 1988 Transmission Ford Escort    (5SPD) -GT 1.9L HO 5 speed         R0297    $200    Lacey Used Auto Parts USA-NJ(Newark) Request_Quote 1-800-741-0653 Request_Insurance_Quote 1987 Transmission Ford Escort              SS4068    $200    Alliance Auto Parts USA-NY(Woodside) E-mail 1-800-323-4500 1986 Transmission Ford Escort    STD          NOF    $200    Budget Parts 104 USA-NY(Williamson) E-mail 1-800-882-0108 1986 Transmission Ford Escort              MTO4    $200    Budget Parts 104 USA-NY(Williamson) E-mail 1-800-882-0108 1988 Transmission Ford Escort    1.9L,5SP          SS3415    $200    Alliance Auto Parts USA-NY(Woodside) E-mail 1-800-323-4500 1989 Transmission Ford Escort    G96 123K BUT WORKS FINE -DROVE CAR    123K    770549    $200    PJ's Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Caledonia) E-mail 1-800-946-5787 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    1.9 2 DR HB         60664    $175    Bill's Auto Parts Tolland USA-CT(Tolland) E-mail 1-800-552-4557 1986 Transmission Ford Escort    Man TRA,Gas- 5SPEED-GOOD         86ESC    $175    Horner's Automotive USA-NY(Phoenix) Request_Quote 315-678-1415 Request_Insurance_Quote 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    1.9,5SP-FLR     89K    94D146    $175    Concourse Automotive Recycling USA-NJ(West-Milford) E-mail 1-973-492-1262 1986 Transmission Mercury Lynx not LN7              09465    $175    Bill's Auto Parts Tolland USA-CT(Tolland) E-mail 1-800-552-4557 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    SEE CARD         60664    $175    Bill's Auto Parts Tolland USA-CT(Tolland) E-mail 1-800-552-4557 1988 Transmission Ford Escort              7309    $175    Bill's Auto Parts Tolland USA-CT(Tolland) E-mail 1-800-552-4557 1986 Transmission Ford Escort              1451    $150    Rubin Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Pine-City) E-mail 1-800-247-8246 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    1.9,5SPD,FLR     171K    4711    $150    Rubin Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Pine-City) E-mail 1-800-247-8246 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    5-87,1.9,5SP-FLR          97D023    $150    Concourse Automotive Recycling USA-NJ(West-Milford) E-mail 1-973-492-1262 1986 Transmission Ford Escort    3-86,1.9,5SD-FLR     77K    96D016    $150    Concourse Automotive Recycling USA-NJ(West-Milford) E-mail 1-973-492-1262 1988 Transmission Ford Escort    GOOD          1635    $150    ABC Recycled Auto Parts USA-NY(Mechanicville) E-mail 1-518-664-6666 1987 Transmission Mercury Lynx not LN7    1.9,5SPD,FLR          4632    $150    Rubin Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Pine-City) E-mail 1-800-247-8246 1990 Transmission Ford Escort              1242    $150    Rubin Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Pine-City) E-mail 1-800-247-8246 1987 Transmission Ford Escort    5 SPEED, STD         8947KC    $150    Rubin Auto Parts, Inc. USA-NY(Pine-City) E-mail 1-800-247-8246 1989 Transmission Ford Escort    -5SPD,62K,4384243          F2298    $125    2060 Auto Parts Inc. USA-NY(Buffalo) Request_Quote 1-800-955-7445 Request_Insurance_Quote 1986 Transmission Ford Escort    6 MONTH WARRANTY         AANDS    $125    Like Kind and Quality Autoparts USA-NY(Deer-Park) E-mail 1-800-510-7676 1989 Transmission Ford Escort    5SPD, MFI         AANDS    $125    Like Kind and Quality Autoparts USA-NY(Deer-Park) E-mail 1-800-510-7676 1988 Transmission Ford Escort    M.T., M.F.I-         5A99    $100    S and S Auto Recyclers USA-NJ(Oakland) E-mail 1-800-328-3248
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Hey thanks for the leads!
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Tempo\Topaz through 1994 or 95, and on the 2.5 4cyl Taurus (86-88?, although you will likely never see one). I have heard, but never confirmed, that it was also used in the 3.0 V-6 Probe. Maybe this info will help in your search.             Tom
I'm a little surprised that you need one, I've never seen one fail. I'm sure it happens though, anything can wear out or break I guess.
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I'm pretty sure it's the tranny, it's got 162,000+ miles on it. I raised the front of the car and took the tires off to inspect the brakes, no signs of wear or scoring on the rotors. With the tires off I started investigating since now I could rule out tire/brake noise.
I started the engine, let it warm up and I put it in 1st gear, accellerated, 2nd gear, etc. Each gear sounded successively worse. 5th gear sounded the worst with kind of a whining/wearing noise, like the sound of bearings on their way out, but not yet grinding. Sound gets worse as rpms increase. There was also some minor clunking/knocking sounds when I shifted most of the gears.
Unless I'm wrong and it's one of the half shafts, which looked ok on visual inspection, it sounds like it's coming from inside the tranny/transaxle housing.
Any ideas? I'd hate to pick up a replacement tranny and find out its the aftermarket clutch I replaced three years ago, going on 42,000+ miles. Maybe it's jus the throw out bearing which can be replaced itself?
Matt
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Ok, back up to the beginning. You kinda started in the middle. When you drive the car, it does....What?                 Tom
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It drives fine so far, just the noise coming from the transmission area, a roughness combined with a harmonic sound that wasn't there a few weeks ago when the car is in motion. I ruled out the tires. I was hoping it was the brakes. Putting the car up on jackstands and engaging the transmission just helped to hear the noise better. Same symptoms whether the car is up on jackstands and stationary with engine running/transmission is engaged or in motion. Except when stationary the harmonic part isn't there I guess because the engine/transmission is not under load? Hell if I know.
Matt
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Now I am wondering if my problem is the front wheel bearings. Something I had not considered until today. Definately not typical CV joint failure noises like clicking or clunking. The wearing noise seems to get slightly louder when turning, so now I'm thinking the problem is outside the tranny. Replacing the steering knuckles obtained from a salvage yard is definately better then swapping the trans. The bearings are pressed in and lubed for life so if it is them I could pick up some relics from the boneyard.
Hard to pinpoint until it breaks, good think I got triple A.
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

the control arms). Let it idle in 1st gear so the wheels are turning. Use a long screwdriver, or similar tool like a stethoscope to pinpoint the noise. Obviously, keep it away from the moving parts! Is your 90 the same as an 89 or a 91, I don't remember when the change took place. IIRC it was 90.5 I've had a pile of the older style Escorts back to 82 including some GTs and a few EXPs. Great little cars.             Tom
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Put the stands under the control arms? Not the jack points? Not sure I follow, under the control arm to body bracket?
I used the jack stands the other day to rule out the wheels and brakes, but did not do the screwdriver trick. I'll have to take the wheels off again and try. What are the odds of both wheel bearings going at the same time? Seems weird but I have an open mind.
I just had a four wheel alignment a month ago, but I doubt that could have any effect on the bearings, unless the tech sprayed some gasoline on them that worked it's way through the seals. Yeah, right.
I had an 85 Escort and then I got the 90 GT when it was only five years young from the original owner. Yeah, the 91 Escorts ushered in the 2nd generation with the Mazda drivetrain and new body styling, but I like the 1st gens much more (biased).
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snipped-for-privacy@optonline.net wrote:

Oh, you are using the jack from the trunk!?!? If you are going to do ANY DIY repair on your car, get a floor jack.($45.00@ Home Depot) Even a cheap one, and a pair of jackstands(cheap ones are ok for your Escort). Without that you are dead in the water as far as working on your own vehicle. Put the stands as close to the wheels as you can, ON THE CONTROL ARMS; this will bring the suspension close to the correct nornal operating angle as possible. If you let it hang, the driveline will growl, leading to false diagnosis. I think you will hear your noise in the right front, no I'm not psychic, the RF gets most of the potholes, salt, slush, etc. If I can be of any other help, just holler.             Tom Adkins
Yeah, I'm biased toward the Gen 1 Escort, the more you beat on 'em, the better they became. It was hard to intentionally kill a Gen I Escort. Don't overheat it and use good oil.....! I took a Smashed 89 GT and put all of the goodies on an 88 EXP,Wow. Why didn't Ford think of that. It could have went from a girls car to a contender.

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I am using jack stands. I hosed the piece of crap trunk jack years ago. I keep a smallish 1.5 ton hydraulic jack in the trunk or road service. Works great.
Now, just to be clear, you're suggesting putting jack stands under the control arm to get the suspension to the correct normal operating angle. That I understand, but then that would place the jack stand under the ball joint side of the control arm, correct?
I had one bad overheating episode in the GT due to a faulty fan temperature switch or fan relay. I was driving up Mt. Washington behind a !@#$%^ Suburban going 10 miles per hour. Without the fan I needed speed to cool the engine driving in first gear. Trouble was by the time I saw the temp spiking there was nowhere to turn off the switchbacks. By the time I found a spot the needle was as far up as it could go. Surprisingly there was no boil over or broken hoses. That took out my voltage regulator and I had to drive on battery from NH to NJ. Made it to CT where I broke down in front of a Kmart at 5 pm on a Sunday. Bought a new battery and some hand tools...
Since then I've had oil leaks from the pan and the head gasket area, but keeps going just the same.
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