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Unread 05-15-2008   #1 (permalink)
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I just recently bought a 1967 Ford Mustang with a 289 V8 engine. It ran for about the first two days and on the way to a place where I was going to do some minor engine work, the coil went out. We replaced it and got it almost home when the points slipped out of adjustment. The whole assembly in the Distributor was loose, so we changed it. Problem is, the rotor would not line up with the number 1 spark wire, or any for that matter. We think it may be that the timing chain slipped on the (probably) worn out nylon gears. Could this be the problem, and if so, what are the steps I should take to get to the gears, or what site might have a step list? Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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welcome to the site,enjoy!!!! i believe there is a thread in here on that....i do suggest to buy a repair manual for it,good luck....
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8 Simple Steps for removal of front cover:
1/4. Unless you have an extrordinary memory use ziplocks and a marker to label hardware.
3/8.Buy a front cover gasket set.
1/2: (If you do this) Disconnect the battery.
1.Drain the antifreeze (Valve at bottom of radiator or disconnect the bottom hose) You'll have to remove the hose later anyway. Oh and while you're down there grab a 7/16 and a 1/2 wrench and remove the bolts from the oil pan holding the front cover on.
1 1/2. (Hint)Remove upper radiator hose for clearance. It should be empy by now anyway.
2.Remove the four bolts holding the fan on and remove the fan and spacer( a soft hammer or woodblock may be used to remove the spacer ).
3. Loosen accessory drive belts and remove.
3 1/2. You didn't mention if it had any power accessories. Remove the accessory brackets. Lay the accessories to the side but don't disconnect any lines, you don't need to.
4. Remove the water pump pulley. You should be looking at the water pump now.
5. Loosen the water pump bolts but don't remove them yet. Tap the snout of the water pump with the same soft hammer or woodblock to loosen it up from the gasket. You shouldn't have to beat on it. If you do, you missed a bolt.
5 1/2.Remove the water pump with the bolts still in it. It's easier to locate them later and they're all differrent lengths.( New pump time?)
6. Remove the crank pulley and damper (using appropriate puller).
7. Disconnect the fuel line from the fuel pump and plug the line from the tank.
7 5/8. Remove the pump itself from the front cover. The cover might come loose while removing. Remove oil slinger from crank snout.
7 11/16. Remove the front cover and voila there's your timing chain. Watch that nothing falls into the oil pan. Stuff rags in to help.(Replace the seal in the cover.)
8.Remove the bolt holding the fuel pump eccentric and remove the eccentric and the cam sprocket and crank gear. (Timing marks should face each other.)

See it's that easy!
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Make sure that the crankshaft seal is replaced. On the early timing covers, such as should be on your engine, the seal is replaced only from the inside of the cover. If you fail to replace the seal and it starts to leak, you'll have to pull the cover again to replace it.
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Thank you everyone for the help. I'll be working on this Mustang this coming weekend.
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Make sure that the crankshaft seal is replaced. On the early timing covers, such as should be on your engine, the seal is replaced only from the inside of the cover. If you fail to replace the seal and it starts to leak, you'll have to pull the cover again to replace it.
See Step # 7 11/16
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Rodbender, I wanted people to know about this bass-akward way that the seal installs on the early timing covers. I would hate for someone to think that they could put seal replacement off and all that they had to do is pull the seal out from the front side without removing the cover.
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