Re: slipped timing chain??
I dont know what the experts will say, but I have been around engines for a long time, and I have yet to see a timing chain jump or slip. I dont believe it happens. Especially in your case, it's practically new. Did the engine run good before the dist. change? What else did you do. If you have spark and gas, it has to be a matter of timing. Just to check your theory, pull the left valve cover, bring it up to TDC on #1 compression stroke, and see that both valves are closed. Im willing to bet that if you re-do the distributor, check your wires (firing order) and all the basic stuff, it will fire up. Does it do anything at all? Pop a little or try to start? Did you mess with the valves at all, and are they adjusted properly?
The difference between intelligence and apathy?
I have no idea, and I couldnt care less.