So…I took the #1 plug out and found TDC. Then noticed my rotor was 180 degrees out. I pulled the distributor and checked for the sync home but only found a threaded hole bolting something down inside.
So, I rotated the distributor so my rotor was pointing to #1. The damper notch was on 0 and I was confident I was on the compression stroke.
tried to fire it up and didn’t crank.
I also found some exposed wires on the distributor plug. Taped Those up before trying to start it.
Your engine was running, there is no way that your distributor was 180* off at that time. It would not run 180* off as you have found since you turned it 180* and it now does not start. You were not on the compression stroke. You need to rotate it back 180* to where it ran. And then some. See below.
I spent a couple of hours researching why your distributor guts look different than I expected. Your pics helped a great deal and led me down the rabbit hole. Earlier distributors I have found do not have the plastic cam sensor under the rotor that pops off to expose the alignment hole. You have a different distributor.
Anyways, I found this. Look at the alignment mark, the white line as compared to the square notch on the outside of the distributor. You are one or two teeth off the way you are putting your distributor in. You need to rotate it clockwise to match the marks that this guy has. Your rotor is pointing pretty much in the middle between that notch and the plug in the side of the housing. His mark is almost to the notch.
There is your secret sauce. It may have to move a tooth. It may have to move a couple. You are almost there.