obviously i would have marked all this up, but i lost the factory
"setting" when i did this the first time a while ago when i was still
green. i think the belt that i had put on then was off by a tooth, so
i'm more or less starting over this time.
okay, i took a closer look at the crankshaft pulley and the marking are
there, they were just obscured and had lost their paint. there is a
series of three markings, which i think are ignition timing markings.
there is one more marking, slightly clockwise of the three, which
according to the auto zone online manual is the TDC mark. see figure 5
under the '91 engine section:
so, as you can see, in order to align the crankshaft pulley, you must
have both the lower timing belt cover installed and the crankshaft
pulley installed. both these items make it impossible to actually put
on the timing belt. so all i can think of is that you must install the
lower timing belt cover and the crankshaft pulley, align for TDC,
remove those two items without disturbing the crankshaft, align the
camshaft with the two lines on the sprocket on the same plane as the
head (with UP up) and slip on the belt.
is this right? i still need to look into William Burke's suggestion...
thanks for your help. this is the best honda forum i've run across yet!