I like the old finger in the hole trick. This assures you are TDC on compression stoke. Take out #1 spark plug, stick your thumb or finger in the hole and turn over engine with socket on crankshaft bolt. When you feel it push your finger out of the hole thats compression stroke on #1. Then just line up 0 degree timing mark and check distributor. Now I've never done this on a brand spankin new engine cause usually I'm installing the distributor myself after assembling engine. I also usually pump up my lifters before putting them in the engine and then I'll spin the oil pump shaft with an air drill before installing distributor.
[ May 01, 2002: Message edited by: dmorris1200 ]</p>