I inherited a 1991 Ford Escort Wagon a few years ago when my 88 year old grandmother passed away. When I got it, it want running properly because it sat for a few years in a garage, It wasn’t too hard to get running again, really just changed out fluids, flushed the tank and cleaned up the engine bay. The engine will turn over but I noticed something strange coming from the rear axle.
I put it on my four point lift and took a light to the back. Something must have happened to the rear diverside axle because there is an apparent spot weld of metal along the axle but before the differential. It doesn’t look professional but it also seems to function.
So out of curoiousity I took a closer look at the subframe and found similar spot welding or maybe tact welding along the inner part of the chassis. Also, while the muffler appears ok, like there is no rust, when you take the car over 50 there is a grey smoke eminating from the rear so my guess is the engine is burning something somehow. It doesnt smell like gas and I don’t it is water and carbon monoxide is invisible so I’m not sure what the problem is.
I had a buyer come out today saying it is for his daughter to put around town in and take to her high school and job. He noticed traight away that the tires were bald but I told him I’d thrown in s set of used tires I have for an extra 50 bucks for a grand total of $1550.
Obviously I am selling this as-is but do you think I could get in to legal troubles selling a car with obvious frame and axle damage and a possible engine danger? Like, would I be liable for negligent manslaughter if the girl is killed in the car?