Originally Posted by david-b
I have the wires in the right order for sure. I believe it turns clockwise if I'm not mistaken.
#1 was fully closed right before and just about to open when I closed her up yesterday. Is there a way to check where's it at now that's its all closed up? I dont have the whistle thing to try sadly.
Pull #1 plug, put finger over hole and have someone just bump the key until you feel pressure pushing your finger off the plug hole, bring up the timing mark by hand and check the distributor rotor to be sure it is pointing at the #1 plug tower. If not you will need to remove and reset the distributor.
You didnt say what you have done so far, there are lots of other possibilities but this is the most common mistake made when putting an engine back together. The other issue that could cause backfiring through the carburetor is tight valves.