Hey guys & gals - I'm getting closer to being able to put some gas in my new (old) tank, finishing the fuel plumbing, and actually doing some wiring so I can turn my engine over. I've never started up a rebuilt engine before so I wanted to ask y'all if anyone has any pointers or suggestions on things I should do/not do - common pitfalls, dangerous things I should definitely not do etc. so I don't risk any damage. The engine is at #1TDC, at least according to the rebuilder.... It has a new HEI. Newly re-cored and filled radiator and hoses. No heater yet, the water pump upper outlet is just connected to the RH top manifold for now. New plugs + wires, a newly rebuilt starter with new solenoid, new oil pump, new vacuum lines, and a new exhaust. There's a Holley Sniper in place of the Rochester 2GC (but I still have the carb if needed - but I think I should be OK with the TBI since it's not controlling the timing in any way). I rebuilt the oil bath air cleaner but I'll probably run a paper one for now. I have a basic digital advance timing light. First up I know I need to "trust but verify" TDC (it would be bad if I was off 180 degrees right?). Will do that with a spring tool in #1 plug hole, but I'd rather not pull the valve cover if possible - do you guys know of any tricks with the Dauntless - can you see the valve covers through the LH front breather hole sufficiently to do this? Or would it be easier to pull the exhaust manifold and look at the exhaust port? Once that's verified, I'll check that the rotor is pointing at #1, and tighten down the dist. hold down, and pull the vacuum advance and plug the hose. I should be good to fire it up then and see what the timing marks say with the light, yes? From there I'll loosen/rotate the distributor as needed (it's safe to do this with the engine running right?) until 0 lines up with the line and then reconnect the vacuum - that's the goal right? I'd welcome feedback/tips/pointers on the above. Thanks.