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Jeremiah33v3
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posted 10-27-2005 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeremiah33v3   Click Here to Email Jeremiah33v3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I just recently picked up a 78 Mustang II. It's in wonderful condition with only 80,000. I just changed the spark plugs, spark plug wires and put in new valve cover gasket on. It was running fine then it just died on me. It turns over, but will not fire. My neighbor told me about a 74 Escort he had and that when it reached 80,000 the timing spockets went on it which threw the whole timing chain off. Any thought on this?

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Fastymz
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posted 10-27-2005 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Check to see if it's getting gas first. Second get a new neighbor

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John Holloway
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posted 10-27-2005 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Holloway   Click Here to Email John Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
first... what size engine is it? second...check the tail pipe for oranges,I know it's early in the season for oranges but...

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Jeremiah33v3
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posted 10-28-2005 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeremiah33v3   Click Here to Email Jeremiah33v3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's got the 2.3L engine.

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John Holloway
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posted 10-28-2005 04:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Holloway   Click Here to Email John Holloway     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the fast way to check the timing belt is to take off the dist. cap and spin over the motor to see if the rotor is turning, next is to put the #1 cyl on top dead center and see if the rotor lines up with #1 spark plug wire on the cap.

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posted 10-28-2005 04:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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first... what size engine is it? second...check the tail pipe for oranges,I know it's early in the season for oranges but...

I forgot those little Mustangs came with half a motor.

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Jeremiah33v3
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posted 10-30-2005 05:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jeremiah33v3   Click Here to Email Jeremiah33v3     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was my timing belt. My inner timing belt cover crumbled into a million little pieces getting caught in the teeth of the sprocket, then throwing the timing belt off. I got it fixed and running again, though it is running rough. I need a new inner timing belt cover - anyone have one?

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kingmustang79072
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posted 12-03-2005 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kingmustang79072   Click Here to Email kingmustang79072     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
have you checked distributor?
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Originally posted by Jeremiah33v3:
I just recently picked up a 78 Mustang II. It's in wonderful condition with only 80,000. I just changed the spark plugs, spark plug wires and put in new valve cover gasket on. It was running fine then it just died on me. It turns over, but will not fire. My neighbor told me about a 74 Escort he had and that when it reached 80,000 the timing spockets went on it which threw the whole timing chain off. Any thought on this?

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