Trying this question over at m.net, but I figured some mt'ers might have some good insight as well.
Doing the timing belt and water pump job on a Miata which I purchased with a non-running engine.
Determined the non-running-ness was due to the crank orientation being off from the cams by like 40 degrees.
About ready to put the timing belt on and start buttoning everything back up, but before I do I wanted to ask- is it normal for the crank to become difficult to turn as it approaches/passes the mark on the block located between 9 and 10 o'clock (circled in yellow in the picture below -note- not a picture of my crank, just one I found online so I could circle the mark which corresponds to where it's hard to turn past).
Turning it by hand, it seems to take pretty constant effort through most of a whole rotation, except it consistently gets noticeably harder as the keyway approaches this mark on the block. It returns to taking the normal constant effort shortly after it passes this mark.
Plugs are out and timing belt is off.
Not sure if this is normal and wanted to check before I bolt everything back together.