Compression needs to be checked with the starter turning the engine, not the engine being turned by hand.
Pull the plugs. Insert them back into the plug wire boot. Use an insulated pair of pliers to hold the threads against a good engine ground and have someone crank the engine over. I know you said it was getting spark, but this test will ensure that the electrodes within the spark plugs aren't faulty.
Something about your first post caught my attention. The #1 plug wire should NOT be on the #6 plug tower on the distributor cap. It should be on #1. Reset the wires and distributor to make sure that #1 is on #1.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 AT 8:14 PM