While digging around in there, have you been able to check up above whether or not the belt timing was off, before you pull the belt off? Just so you know, even if you are changing the belt?
I think this is important to know first, before tearing into things. Helps in possibly needed diagnostics later on.
1989 Milano, Shankle Sport
1991 164S, stock
1994 164LS (~Q)
1972 Morgan 27
previously owned since 1964:
62 Morris MiniMinor 850, 67 Austin 1275 Cooper S (Downton 3/4 race), 64 Giulia Sprint GT (1st red one made), 72 Fiat 128 Sedan, 75 Alfetta Sedan, 78 Alfetta Sedan, 78 GTV, 81 GTV6, 86 GTV6