I just put a motor in my 88 coupe, my old one craped out on me a few miles from my house about six months ago. Just before it died on me the oil light light up for a few minutes and then the computer shut the engine off, well i was in the boondox big time and i decided to try to give it another start. well it started fine and the light went out so i tryed to drive back home and give everything a check out, but just a mile from my driveway the engine had a big loss of power and it then locked up soon after. Well anyway what im getting at is what caused the motor to fail in the first place. After removing the old engine and inspecting the parts i noticed the timing belt had about 5 inches where the teeth were missing,(stripped off). so at first i figured it was the oil pump that failed then the engine locked and the surge caused the belt to throw and strip? or the belt just went first off? the old engine is locked up and it didnt make any loud noise like it wasnt pumping oil before it went. What do you think? also has anyone replaced their screw on oil filter with a canister filter from a newer model engine,are the canister style more realiable?