If he messed inside the harness, he might have gotten/cut the wrong orange wire. I would open the harness up to be sure.
When doing the nutter, I always recommend two new twisted together wires to hook the distributor directly to the ICM on the drivers inner fender. Have you read this link? http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/ho...bypass-522262/
Might help you figure it out.
That said,when I did the nutter, I had no start too. After double and triple checking everything, including a tow home, I figured out the pickup in the distributor wasn't strong enough to fire the ICM but it would trigger the ECU. The test is 400-800 ohms between the orange and purple going into the distributor with 650 the best. Mine was at 485.
Also be aware the hold down foot for the distributor is the ignition ground. Loosen it to adjust the timing and if it is rusty you can lose spark. The black wire going into the distributor can get a dedicated ground wire to it to get around that.
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