You sure you stabbed the distributor correctly? Almost sounds like it is 180* out. Easy way to tell, there should be a tick mark on the rim of the distributor (viewed with the cap off), roll the engine to TDC on #1 and the rotor should be pointing at the tick mark. If not you're off.
'73 280SEL 4.5 (9/72)- RIP
Only 8,173 units built from 5/71 thru 11/72
'02 CLK320 Cabriolet - wifey's mid-life crisis
2012 VW Jetta Sportwagon TDI...at least its a diesel
Non illegitemae carborundum.