Some more info and questions that can shed some light.
Yes this is on the ZX2 Escort not a ZX3 Focus. You guys seem to know more about the motor than most the other Ford small car guys and this is why I ask for your help. I have been trying every Form forum tiring to find the proper way.
Tension is correct. That is very easy to do I know that is good.
I thought I had all the timing marks set but the instructions had some different looking marks. I would like to find a way to verify the marks if possible.
I did turn the motor over by hand to see that I would not crunch a valve and it does run and does not show any sign of crunching, thank God.
Some people in the other forums have said to stick a screwdriver in cyl #1 and find TDC that way rather than using the marks.
When the motor is in TDC what should the cams look like? How can I tell if they are in the right spot?
How can I reset the VCT?
I sooo wish I had the money just to take it to someone to get it right but it really was not that hard of a job except for this problem.