Well, I closed everything up and cranked it over, but it turned over really rough and wouldn't start. It turns out, a piece of the dust seals fell off the cover while putting the cover back on (it was the piece next to the water pump where you can't see a thing). So when I cranked it over the piece of rubber must have traveled around the cam sprocket and put it off by two teeth before falling into the bottom of the covers. The belts were fine but it took at least an extra hour to take it apart and redo the belts and covers.
Conclusion that supports covers off:
If I had left the covers off I wouldn't have had this problem.
Conclusion that supports covers-on:
Getting something as soft as a piece of rubber in your belt can make the car not run, without breaking the belts.
P.S. I triple checked the timing marks before I put everything back together to make sure I had it right. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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I Absolutely Agree with You!
Wish I read this way before my boyfriend/personal mechanic started on the timing belts... Exact same thing happened to my '87 gl wagon !! It would've saved him time and me the grief of hearing him call her 'the hunk of junk' after working on her for 2 days...No matter what he says...I still love my scoobyru and him even more for resurrecting her:)