Perhaps if you remove the tensioner pulley and run a stretch-fit belt?the 99-00 also lets you delete the A/C compressor without having to run a delete pulley. I did it on my '00 - which is why I was looking at this thread. couldn't figure out why the routing looked.. unlikely when I wanted to try the same on an 01. oh well.
You're missing the point that the 01/02 Cougar timing cover is not the same as the older style timing cover that you most likely have on your SVT. In addition to having no idler pulley, the tensioner is also in a different location. See the diagram in post #21 or the photos from earlier in the thread. Without an A/C pulley, the belt will not have a straight run to where it needs to go.I've run a non ac belt on my SVT for years. Again non ribbed tensor, same design. Same route minus the ac compressor.