Exactly ... If it does nothing and has spark, the timming is most likely 180 degrees off. At worst, it will still do nothing.
Are you anywhere near Summit Point race track. I am taking my 230SL to the GWS Performance Driving School there on March 24-25.
190SL, 230SL 5-speed, 95 E320 Wagon, 01 E320 Wagon, MGB, Boxster 'S', 190SL "Barn Find"