Originally Posted by deadsp0t
He checked the piston at some point I know because he had to put it back in to start it. Would it start 180 degrees out??
Late getting here, sorry, had issues with pain & meds.
It's possible that the 2.3 might start with the distributor 180 degrees out.
Remember it only has 1/2 of the timing events a V8 does, so it's more likely that it could.
Double check your distributor timing and verify that the distributor rotor is pointing at number 1 spark plug terminal and that your cam/crank timing marks are still aligned properly.
I read through my Chilton books and I didn't see any additional info I can forward that would help. I also researched about the interference fit issue, but everything I found says the Mustang 2.3 is not subject to those issues.
Well, while I was writing my response I see you got it fixed.