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i been working on getting it running the last couple days trying to tie up some loose ends that i have been avoiding. finally got to the point where i could crank the car over, which it now does without problem but it just wont fire. and this leads me to my questions. i have a plug that it connected the the fuel injector harness and i cant find what its supposed to plug into. the wires are black with white stripe and green with yellow stripe.
a few pics of the plug and the wiring:



the last one is of the spare intake that came with the car it shows where the wires originate.

i have another wire that i dont know where it goes. it is a single wire with orange insulation along with what looks like a bare stranded wire with an end for sitting under a bolt or nut.


and another wire... it is white with a red stripe and looks like it would go to an oil pressure sensor but i am not sure if that is what its for or not and i cant really get under the car to look because of where it is parked right now.


ok the main question i have is that the car is spitting gas out of the intake when you are cranking it over (i took video) my thought is that the guy that put the new head on it did not but the timing belt on correctly and that the intake valves are not closed all the way on the compression stroke forcing the air fuel mixture to be spit out of the intake? does that sound right? and im not sure how to set up the timing belt on this car i dont have a manual.

ok i tried starting it like this without the intake hose because i have no idea what the black box thing is on the intake (what is it?) and i was not sure if it worked corectly, anyway thats when i realized the gas was being spit back up.


thanks in advance for any help! thanks guys

btw its an 88.5 gt.
these kind of things are why i dont like picking up other peoples projects and trying to finnish them myself...
 

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Hook up the intake hose to the black box (aka, mass air flow meter). You need to do this or the car won't run

Check the timing marks, it may have jumped on the guy doing the work.

The one single wire with the loop is a ground that should go on the corner of the head closet to the battery. The other wire should be the oil pressure sending unit. Though I think that one ios red.

And as of now, your movie doesn't work
 

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Ok, it does work (sorry). Yep, start wih the timing check.

I just went over your questions again. I see you're not sure how to check the timing

Remove the timing belt cover.
Rotate the motor until you get cylinder number 1 at TDC
Check the crank pulley timing mark to be straight up
Now check the cam sprocket for an arrow in the circles that surround the center. The arrow should be straight up as well
 

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i kinda figured it was an air meter of some kind but i kept smelling gas so i finaly took the intake hose off to see how much fuel was coming through and there was alot more then expected. i hooked it all up again but, after searching the last few hours i cannot find any info on how to align everything with the belt off. i see the little "arrow" thing on the cam gear but what am i supossed to line it up with? and for the crank? i really need to get a manual for this car.... i am going to have my dad check at napa on tuesday if they can get one there
 

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Well, just for starters, just check that the cam and crank marks are straight up, 12 o'clock. That should give you the indication if the timing is good. There is a mark on the head to line the arrow up to. But you need to have the valve cover off to see it, I think.

For the crank, you can use the smaller timing mark on the pulley (in lieu of removing the pulley and using the keyway on the crank shaft)
 

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ok thank you!! i will look more on wednesday when i have time. i looked around on the earlier for a mark but didnt see anything i will look at my spare head and see if there is one inside.

one more question. for the air meter, are the gt and non gt the same? cause mine has junkyard markings and is from an 89 no idication of being from a gt or not though
 

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ok well thats good to hear i think lol. thanks for your help! i will update this thread as i find more out. i hope to get it running soon. this is the only gen 1 escort that i know of in my town. i do see one regularily in the town i go to school at and one that i saw the other day that an old man was driving it was in perfect condition! very surprising being in MN. never seen another gen 1 gt inperson though other then a wagon with gt bumper... soory about the rambling lol
 

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I love rambling on! If you can't tell. Keep posting when you find out whatever you find out.

Oh, I have more first gens then I see running around my area. Pretty rare out here in hillbilly land.
 

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well i reset the timing belt the kid that put the car together must not have had any clue how to set it up cause the cam was about set at about 2 o' clock with the crank at TDC. no more fuel coming out of the intake but i still cant get it started. i am very glad this is not an interferance engine. i got a few "pops" but that was about it. i did not have time to check for spark yet or fuel pressure but i have saturday off and again the day will be dedicated to this car.
so any advice would be great!

i still have not found a home for the plug it is not for the TPS as was mentioned.

thanks for the help so far guys!
 

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its not for the iac and its not for the tps both of which are plugged into their coresponding plugs. all of the sensors that i can find have a plug on them and are the correct ones. i cannot see anything on the rear side of the engine that is unplugged or missing anything. i am just wondering what it could be being that it is in the same harness as the fuel injectors...
 

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Alright, so I went out and checked the project gt. No luck in finding the plug. The tps is a three wire connector. But, I did look in my Chilton's to find the connector goes to the...............engine coolant temperature sensor. Now I just need to find that little bugger on my gt so that I can tell you where it is.
 

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I went out to look again. The wire in question splits off and goes down thru the intake manifold between the number 2 and 3. I lose sight of it from there. I did take my camera, stuffed it down into the depths that is "my nut", snapped a picture, hoped for the best, and walla............



Is the what the red arrow is pointing to the connector? The yellow arrow is pointing to the temp guage sensor Noall suggested. If the the connector is right, you'll need to follow me in.

Standing at the left fender, look at the distributor. Off to your right and down a hair, you should see a black round ...... thingy. Follow the bracket to your that the thingy is attached to. Find the lower bolt that holds the bracket that holds the thingy to the lower intake manifold. Below that point about an inch is the temp gauge sensor. Looking past that sensor, back in the recesses, you should see the connector.

Basically, about 3 inches above the oil filter.
 

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the coolant temp sensor is on the thermostat housing right? if so i thought of that too and has a plug on it... i will take a look tomorrow if i have chance. thank you for taking the time to go and look for me!!!

going to test spark on sat. i read somplace else that the ignition module from other 80's fords would work how about one form an 88 bronco 2 with 2.9?

thanks guys
 
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