It would crank but not start. Readjusted the distributor cap and it started but it was shaking more than usual. Adjusted it and it got better but it was smoking a little after 5 min. Or so it turned o
It sounds like you are on the way to getting it timed. I assume you have a timing light but one way to get the timing close is static timing. Put the engine at TDC compression on #1 piston and set the distributor so that the rotor points to number one on the distributor. This will be a good start. You don't say what engine you have so I can't be anymore specific.
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