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Hey everybody, I'm new to the board. I am president of the car club at my college and we just bought an 89 Cougar XR-7 supercharged to work on. It needs a new timing belt but is in great shape otherwise, with a moonroof and a custom blue paint job. I'm not too familiar with these cars, I was just wondering if anyone has any tips on how to make this job easier. Thanks in advance, and hopefully I will have some pics of the car up soon.
 

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First thing you need to do is if the old belt broke, is to make sure it did not bend any valves. I'm not sure if thats a problem on that engine bot is on many OHC 4 bangers. Then get a shop manual for the car. A chilton is better than none but not as good as a "Ford Shop Manual". Good luck, Neal.
 

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For clarification...

Fox Cougars are the 80-88, then the MN-12 from 89-97. The original 'Mustang' or Classic Cougars were 67-73, the Torino/T-Bird/LTD II full-frame Cougars from 74-79.
 

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Ok, I got the point I got them mixed up, sorry about that. I hope I didnt confuse no1kicker with my post, and hope he got the belt fixed.

Rick
 

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badcatt,

Starting in 89 they came w/ a natually asperated 3.8L or super charged 3.8L. Not a 4 banger. You are thinking of the old 2.3 turbo of the fox body cougars. One is a supercoupe the other is a turbocoupe. I can't remimber when the 5.0 became an option, I think maybe 91. Then in 96 it was just the natural 3.8 or the 4.6. No more superchargers. I had a 96 Tbird. Black w/ dark tint, hopped up 4.6L (250HP), grey leather interior. What a fine machine it was.

Austin
 

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opps, sorry. I do know the older Cougarsbetter. Good luck., Neal.
 
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