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Rather than lining up that little knob exactly. I lined up the gears. Somehow my new part did not line up the same as my old part.

So I took them side by side after pulling out the old part and lined up the gears exactly the same and put it in the same way I took it out. It ended up sitting at Option A. Fired the car up and it's running with no issues....
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Time will tell. If you get a CEL in a few days or the car starts idling rough then you might have to take another look.
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Time will tell. If you get a CEL in a few days or the car starts idling rough then you might have to take another look.
Yes indeed, the thing is the nob on the newer part was actually smaller had a slightly different shape, so finding an exact match was more difficult. I have high hopes this will work. If not, oh well makes me more familiar with the car and I can break things back down in 10 minutes.
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That is correct, thank you for taking the time to answer my question. Very much appreciated!

In above video, there is a plastic tool that helps put the direction right.

check it out

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In above video, there is a plastic tool that helps put the direction right.
Yes there is an alignment tool you can buy, however it requires you to put the engine at TDC #1 first, which may be difficult for the OP based on his stated skill set.
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Could have something moved?





The OUTSIDE of that assembly needs to be rotated till it matches the original relative position (degrees) between the inside "flag" and the outside "notch". Little "flag" stays in place because is connected to the gears of camshaft and oil pump. The exterior is "pulled" till matches the initial angle. That's the timing. When all is done, turning down the big bolt (outside) sets it in place.
It has absolutely no importance the relation to the engine block.

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That video and the other ones I have watched from that same guy are excellent. Do the Motorcraft ones come with that plastic holding piece? Setting the motor to TDC an using that tool looks to me like it would dial in the final rotation of the assembly the most accurately. I might have to pick up that tool if not.

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No, the Motorcraft part does not come with the alignment tool, but I think the cheaper brands do. You can buy the tool separately though.

Your alignment with the tool is only as good as your TDC alignment, so you have to make sure you are as accurate as possible finding TDC.

The most accurate possible method is to use an oscilloscope and turn the syncro until the cam and crank signals line up correctly.
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