I appreciate the posts and will address them in reverse order.
1. To bad man working: I have inspected the distributor cap closely and it appears to be in good shape. The center carbon pick up is certainly functioning right. Also, I am testing for spark before the cap so it shouldn't matter. Thanks, though.
2. to theratdude64: I took off the cap and rotor because I was following an itemized set of instructions a friend had given me. I suppose that he thought it would be a bit easier to reach the water pump with the cap, rotor, and timing belt cover out of the way.
3. Speedy-325is: I don't exactly understand what you mean. The rotor only fits on one way. I put it on exactly as it came off (with the black plastic shroud on before it) and put the cap back on exactly how it came off. If yoiu explained a little more about how I could have messed up the timing, I would appreciate it.
Thanks to all three of you.
And the car still doesn't produce a spark so ... any other suggestions? With a strong batter, a new coil and a new coil wire, what else would cause a car to fail to produce a spark?