Yes it was retarded by a tooth, and yes I've been very lucky with this one.
When I think back on this, I was careless in simply trusting my chain and sprocket marks, but I did turn the engine slowly by hand before starting it. If I had felt anything wrong, I would have checked the timing further before starting it.
Next time I won't trust a mark, I'll check it thoroughly.
Thanks for everyone's support, moral and otherwise.
'01 C Class, Six Speed
'84 Euro 240D, manual, 533K miles
'88 300E 5 Speed
'81 300D Daughter's Car
Over 800,000 miles in
[This message has been edited by LarryBible (edited 11-02-2000).]