Originally Posted by cobalt327
Use the cam gear to turn the cam so the dots are closest to each other (cam gear at 6 o'clock, crank gear at 12 o'clock)- this makes aligning the dots easier/less chance of an error.
With the timing set in this position (cam gear at 6 o'clock, crank gear at 12 o'clock), cylinder #6 will be on compression. You can set the distributor in with the timing gears in this position if you point the rotor towards #6 distributor cap terminal to set the ignition timing.
Or, rotate the crank one revolution (timing marks are now at 12 o'clock for the cam AND crank gear), then point the rotor towards #1 distributor cap terminal to set the ignition timing.
The bold/underlined areas are the simplest way to do this. I have done it like this for years, w/o any hassels, or comebacks.