I re-verified cam, crank timing with the proper tools today. All good. I watched a 3 part video, that StrangeDuck posted, that goes over in detail how to time the cam, crank shafts and how one can screw it up. At least I got that one right!
In my last desparate act, I swapped out the FORD spark plugs for the original MAZDA plugs. I was thinking that since it was a Ford engine , that I should use the Ford spark plugs. Wrong! Apparently the Mazda ignition system did not like that! Started right up! I feel like a dumbass for making that mistake, but I hope someone else will read this and know better!
The fuel pump was the original problem on this car. I did not troubleshoot it myself after I bought it. I just went by the compression readings taken by some shop. I didn't find this out ( that the fuel pump was bad), until after the engine swap was complete. Fuel pump fuse blown. Replaced the fuel pump and it worked for about a day, so they are sending me a new fuel pump.
I read rickkari's entire thread regarding the swap with newer engines. It was great and a huge help. The only difference between mine and his was that I did not have to modify the valve cover to fit the VVT solenoid rubber bushing. Mine was a straight swap. I used the 2.3L intake manifold with adapter plate. The IMRC plunger got stuck on the intake adapter plate. A little filing took care of that. I'll get to actually start it up and run it this weekend as the fuel pump will arrive before then.
Thanks again everyone for your collective experience! These forums are priceless!
2007 Mazda 3s
Speed limit? What speed limit?!
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