Seems our database has conflicting information. Upon checking the wiring diagram, you are correct, the distributor is a stand alone and does not have any sensors within it.
The repair manual does not place any special note on the flywheel installation and from my personal experience, it is not the main point. If the flywheel had not been torqued correctly, you could have a problem. The other thing is that the impulse sensor wires tends to get brittle over time and since you meddeled with it during removal and installation of the engine, the wires could have been damaged.
Btw, have you checked the ignition timing?
Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 AT 1:46 PM