Originally Posted by PontiacFighter
Yes the motor is at TDC compression stroke. But I was told to put the timing mark on the balancer at 0, not 12.
Correcting that will likely allow it to run if everything else is in order (like the valves being adjusted correctly and the carb primed- which after all the cranking, it should be).
If you have cranked this engine over repeatedly, the lube that should have been applied to the cam lobes is largely wiped off. That happens as soon as the engine fires anyway, but at the very least, be sure there's sufficient ZDDP in the motor oil to provide the high pressure lube the cam and lifters need at start up.