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I'm sorry I've been away and not able to reply to all these wonderful help replies.
I'm at the point now where as Dean says I need to start from scratch.
Last night I pulled the timing cover off again and went through dean's instructions. This method of timing a cam is the way I have always done it with the timing dots together at TDC but I'm confused by Andy's statement about this not being the compression stroke. When in this configuration both pushrods are loose indicating both valves are closed correct? If you start there and rotate the crank 1 revolution would that not be the end of the exhaust stroke and the beginning of the intake stroke and the intake valve would be open or beginning to open indicated by tension on the intake pushrod? In my mind this would not be firing position. Or is there a brief period between exhaust and intake where both valves are closed confusing the whole issue?