Dak, the stroke of the engine's only 3", so that plus enough length to stick out. Call it 6" or more. You might be tempted to use a long screwdriver, but it could scratch up the pistons, and you don't want that.
As for "how to turn it over by hand", if it has a fixed fan, you can often crank it over by just turning the fan blades. If it has a clutch fan, you would need to find another way. If you've got a lot of hand strength, you might be able to just grab a pulley or belts and turn it. Most people would feel more comfortable using a large socket on the crank pulley bolt, and that has the side benefit of avoiding pinched fingers. A big ratchet or breakover bar will work fine.
When you take off the cap from the distributor, the 'bug' or rotor is the part that spins. It will be made of plastic, with a flat metal spring plate on top and a brass tip that touches each contact on the lid when it's closed up. if the contacts inside the cap, or the end of the rotor are all pitted, black, or torn up, they should be replaced.
Don't forget that there are two "TDC"s for the crank. One is top dead center on the exhaust stroke, and one is top dead center for the compression stroke. Hence the "blowing air out the hole" as the piston comes up. You want the compression stroke.
Okay I will get this this today. Ill let you know the results I get. Should be able to start around 6 EST.
So remove coil plug spark plug wire, remove spark plug in position 1, hand crank to until i feel air coming out, where the rotor is pointing is where I should consider starting my #1 sequence for the firing sequence, rotate distributor if necessary.
Think I can handle that, thanks! Like I said ill come back with any results.
I do recall #1 on the distributor being like such.
4 | 7
2 \ 3
Where \ is where the direction where the brass tip is pointing
and * is the clip location, atleast off my memory.
Also, this isnt importing into the message as expected for the distributor layout... it does during my "quote" prior to sending, hopefully it does for you after quoting it..
Thanks for all the help so far! Much appreciated.