Originally Posted by AgGTI
There is supposed to be a small mark on the cover above the crank shaft but it is not very clear.
If you have a manual transmission there is a rubber plug on top of the tranny and you can check the TDC on the flywheel. If you have auto then - oh well.
You can always remove the plug for cyl # 1 (next to the timing belt) and gauge TDC.
Likely you have got a number of bent valves I'm afraid.
I agree with the valves, but considering im in Texas and we are throwing our teachers to the wolves I am helping him out - Free of charge. If the valves are bent then I will go ahead with some new valves and put it together pending the guides are okay.
EDIT: Found the inspection window. Thanks.