1984 Volkswagen Van No ignition spark past the distributor

Electrical problem
1984 Volkswagen Van 4 cyl Manual

My water-cooled van won't start. There normal fuel delivery and it turns over just fine, but there's no spark at the plugs.
There's a spark between the ignition coil and the distributor cap (I held the wire tip next to the distributor cap), but past the cap, there is nothing.
I recently replaced the plugs, wires distributor cap and rotor, and it ran perfect for about 100 - 200 miiles before it just died, as if someone just turned off the key.
How do I recolve this issue? If it's becauas ethe timing jumped a tooth, I will need a little info on finding the timing belt/chain. I'm a life-long shade-tree mechanic, but new to VW's and I can't locate the timing cover, nor any info on it online.
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Friday, October 8th, 2010 AT 6:15 PM

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Water-cooled van does not have a timing chain then are internal gears that did not need maintenance or replacement. That particular van equipped with a Digi-jet ignition system looking forward the module is located on the left side of the engine compartment mounted two screws for your information. Depending where you got your distributor cap and rotor the rotor may be the wrong one you will have to check the resistance on the rotor it should be 1000 ohms, I would reinstall your old tuneup parts and see if the van runs. Just a cautionary procedure, if you turn the engine over with all wire off or any other wire off you will ruin the Hall control module located on the left side of the engine compartment it to little square box 2 inches in diameter
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Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 AT 11:39 PM

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