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Just replaced timing and doesnt start

Im not so hot on timing and i set everythig right had it a tdc and marks were all in order.but the car wont start and its getting fuel and spark.what did i do wrong ...

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On the cranck pulley there are 2 timing spots. The first one that you want is a single notch,that is the tdc mark, the group of 3 marks are the timing marks after it is running.

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