Roll it around to TDC #1 on compression (all marks lined up) and stab the distributer. Set up the rotor so the contact is a little before the TDC tick mark on the distributor body (turns clockwise) to allow for the gear mesh. It rotor should end up just about dead on the mark. I found that centering the rotor on the mark, then tightening the distributor sets you up right, the EZL and crank sensor will keep everything in check.
Everything should be good especially if you rolled it over several time to ensure there is no piston/valve contact on any cylinder.
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