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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-09-2015, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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I'm about done with my swap and this is a bit confusing. I have a 2004 3.9L in my 1996 Cougar. I am using the original synchro from the Cougar and the balancer from the Mustang. The FSM for the 96 says to rotate the engine to 26 ATDC and use a synchro positioning tool. The FSM for a 97 says to rotate it to 0 and use the same tool. The FSM for the Mustang also says 0. I would have thought the 96 and 97 would read the same.

The original balancer from the Cougar has marks from 30 BTDC to 10 ATDC and a notch that corresponds where 26 would be. The Mustang balancer only shows 10 BTDC to 10 ATDC (I assume). I have the kit of three or four synchro positioning tools. I am trying to figure out if I need to mark for 26 BTDC on the balancer, or use 0.

Here are some pics for reference, as well as the excerpt from the 96 and 97 FSM. I found the Mustang FSM online and it reads the same as the 97.

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As an update... I went ahead and tried this with it at 0 as shown in the second picture and I used the yellow tool from THIS set. She fired right up on the first try.
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I find that odd the difference in setting, but hey I go with 26 and just mark the cam sensor.

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After looking at the literature again, the 96 says use tool T96P-12200-A @ 26 ATDC where the 97 is T96T-12200-A @ 0.

As far as I know, the 96 and 97 use the same synchro/balancer/coil/etc so I'm not sure why the book has different numbers.

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