1986 Ford Mustang SVO-ND Part Deux

Are we really on Page 8 of this build? It doesn't even run, yet. It's not even close! In a custom buildup like this one, even the smallest task is a real effort. Finishing the most insignificant item is a monumental accomplishment....well, it is to me, anyway. OK, onto the next chapter. The timing belt. Another real sore subject for the 2300_16v conversions out there. I tried a couple of different things to arrive at the solution. I'll spare you the details, but there are several timing belts people have used (or attempted to use). I tried the Hyundai belt. IT's a bit too long, and wider than the crank or intermediate shaft pulleys. I settled on the Goodyear 40139 belt, which I think is from a Mitsubishi 2.0 DOHC. I used a tensioner from a 1990 Dodge Daytona 2.2L Turbo (yes, a VNT car). Actually any tensioner from a 2.2/2.5L SOHC car should work. They are cheap and plentiful. The tensioner has an offset bolt hole, which turns the thing into an eccentric pulley. This is simple, and I think it will be effective. Here's the photographic evidence:

(Please don't mind the mess in the engine bay. This is a work in progress, and will look better in time.)

Yes, it does clear the water pump. In fact the belt curves around it so nicely, it look factory :) I am pleased with the belt wrap, but if it proves to not be enough on the intake cam, I will add a small idler on the boss by the thermostat housing.

This weekend I will finish the wiring mess you see above, permanently mount the intercooler, do some more work on the Hydroboost and brake plumbing, add in plumbing for the water injection and oil pre-luber, and a few other odds and ends. This thing will run --- someday.

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