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P0301 and flashing cel

1997 Ranger, 2wd 2.3L 155k miles.

Alrighty, found out my issues with my previous threads, had a number 2 exhaust valve burned. Stripped it down and put a new head on it with my dads help. Got it all back together and it sounded like crap starting. Miss firing horribly untill it cranked over, then it purred. Thought we had the timing off so we tore it down again to check the timing. It was dead on, but when we put it back together we found that we miss marked the second coil pack wires, so it was trying to fire the wrong cylinders. Got it back together and it fired right up but now we have a miss fire on cylinder #1 and a blinking cel, no power and smells like its running rich.
I've replaced both coils, wires, plugs, tore it down again to make sure I wasn't a tooth off on the timing, ohmed out the injector for #1 and it read 14.2, clueless on what to do now. Any help would be appreciated.
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1997 Ranger, 2wd 2.3L 155k miles.

Alrighty, found out my issues with my previous threads, had a number 2 exhaust valve burned. Stripped it down and put a new head on it with my dads help. Got it all back together and it sounded like crap starting. Miss firing horribly untill it cranked over, then it purred. Thought we had the timing off so we tore it down again to check the timing. It was dead on, but when we put it back together we found that we miss marked the second coil pack wires, so it was trying to fire the wrong cylinders. Got it back together and it fired right up but now we have a miss fire on cylinder #1 and a blinking cel, no power and smells like its running rich.
I've replaced both coils, wires, plugs, tore it down again to make sure I wasn't a tooth off on the timing, ohmed out the injector for #1 and it read 14.2, clueless on what to do now. Any help would be appreciated.
Rich
You need to check next if the injector is acutally squirting fuel; Check this link out.

http://realfixesrealfast.com/realfix...agnostics.html

Hope this helps
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Thank you tempfixit! Will run that next!!!
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Follow up report...
#1 injector was bad. After unplugging the wiring harness on each injector, it didn't make a single bit of difference on the #1. Replaced it with a new one and sea foamed the remaining.
But on a side note, when I had it all apart I was working on fixing a oil leak from the new valve cover gasket. Took the cover off and found my #3 intake rocker sitting at the bottom of my head.
Did some investigating and found the hydraulic lifter was seized. Grabbed it with a pair of pliers and ripped the insides of it out and left the outside in the shaft. Couldn't get a hold of it with any kind of puller or vice grips and ended up chipping a big hunk of the top lip off of it.
Called up the head dealer and he told me to drill and tap the oil line that goes down to the bottom of the shaft then put a grease zirc fitting on it and fill it up with grease and it will pop it loose. Didn't have a zirc fitting, but I had a port-a-power and hydraulic fittings.
Drilled and tapped a 1/4"-28 thread down the oil shaft, then made a fitting for the port-a-power. After 4 hours of making a million dollar fitting I threaded it it and 3 pumps later the lifter popped out. Cleaned out the shaft and found purple casting sand in the bottom!!!
Called the dealer back and told him what I found and he started ripping his stock heads apart to make sure everything was clean. Found 3 more heads the same size that had the same thing.
Put a new lifter in and put it all back together and besides the original oil leak again, it runs like a charm! No cel and smooth! Now what can I do about the oil leak? Any help there would be great.
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