Whatever book you have, Chiltons, Haynes etc, toss it, they're both worthless....and wrong.
The distributor is not installed correctly. It's not what caused the original problem, but needs to be corrected before diagnosing the real problem.
#1 cylinder, (front cylinder on driver side) must be at TDC on it's compression stroke, and the rotor must point to the "6" on the distributor housing. Using a socket and ratchet on the vibration dampener bolt, rotate the crankshaft clockwise to line up the timing marks as shown below.
Remove the distributor and install as shown below. Rotor must point to the "6" when fully seated in the intake manifold.
If it fails to start, backfire, etc, the distributor is most likely 180 degrees off and will need to be repositioned correctly. (Crankshaft was at TDC of exhaust stroke) Remove it and rotate the distributor shaft 180 degrees and reinstall.
After it runs, check the fuel filter for restriction, and check fuel pressure and leakdown. Key ON, engine OFF, fuel pump running, fuel pressure must be 60psi to 66psi and must remain above 55psi for at least 10 minutes after the pump shuts off. Post your results.