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Got the car in pieces and was told the timing belt was replaced and all that was needed was to have all the accesories reinstalled. Reinstalled the pieces that were with the car and got a no start characteristic. The vehicle is getting fuel and i have good spark from the coil. Sounded to be an accelerated crank and didnt want to even try to turn over. I tore the motor back down and reset the timing myself however with aligning the timing while the marks were lined up on the camshafts and the crankshaft the #1 piston did not appear to be on tdc. After setting the marks i reinstalled the accesories once again and sounded better this time and after adjusting the distributer i got the vehicle to backfire once through the exaust valves and another time seemed to backfire back through the intake. At this point i have the car tore back down due to the fact it seemed like still a timing issue. i also need to know where the distributor needs to be postioned

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You mentioned having No. 1 cylinder on TDC; you may just have the distributor off at 180 deg. Simple error to make, No. 1 cylinder may be on top of exhaust stroke verses compression stroke. I'd check this first. Also look at your compression, if you have fuel and spark all you need is compression (with proper timing) to make her go.

I hope this may have assisted you,

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