Yes, you are correct about turning the crank pulley anticlockwise six degrees.
Here is a diagram of how the timing cam pulley should be set with the crank pulley at TDC:
After setting the timing, turn the crank pulley anticlockwise six degrees and turn distributor anticlockwise away from the firing position. Slowly turn the distributor clockwise until it fires at number one position and tighten.
Another way to try is to turn the distributor as close as possible to the firing position and if it fails to start, turn the distributor to advance or retard the ignition timing and retry.
The firing order is 1, 3, 4, 2, in clockwise position.
If the distributor had been pulled out, it could have gone out of position and if that is the case, set the crank position to number one at ignition firing. Pull distributor out and you would notice a punch mark on the distributor shaft just above the gears. Align the mark with a groove on the distributor housing and then insert the distributor back into the slot.
The rotor would turn away from its position while doing so, it is designed to be thus and the mark would move away, do not worry about that. Once the distributor is fully inserted, set the ignition timing and it should be ready to go.
Test the comptression to confirm all cylinders are good. If compression is low, pump some oil into the cylinders and retest.
Sunday, January 10th, 2010 AT 1:19 PM