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HiCustomer I am John Mc, a Ford dealer technician.I hope I can help solve your problem quickly and accurately.
You absolutely have to have a special set of tools to set the timing on these trucks. No way around it. These tools position the cams and the crank in the proper position and then you tighten up all the bolts. This set of tools lists for around $600. I usually suggest for you to prepare every thing for the job, remove the valve covers, the timing cover and install the crank pulley and take it to a dealer. They will usually charge an hour or two of labor to do the job. This is much cheaper than the tools! Another option is to talk to one of the techs and see if they will come to you and time it. Offer to pay $100 and they should be glad to do it. I will post the instructions so you can see what all is involved.
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You have to set all the cams when you take anything in the timing chains loose. You have to have the tool set.
Sorry for the bad news but it is what it is.