Thank you for all of that great information. I learned more about timing from that article than anything I've ever read. I've already shared that with other folks. I finally had some time to put the info to use, and this is what I found out:
The distributor was connected to ported, so I moved that to full vacuum on the carb.
My vacuum at idle with the distributor disconnected from the carb is 12", and 14" connected.
My initial timing is 14 deg (with the distributor disconnected) as it will barely run with anything less.
The timing is 34 degrees when the distributor is connected, which is strange because this is an original distributor, and my Motors manual is states that the vacuum can should only add 7.5 degrees at 12" vacuum.
With everything connected, and I rev it up to 3000+ rpm, I'm way off the the scale on my damper, which goes to 60 degrees.
It's still rough at idle when it's in gear, and now spits and sputters when I try to accelerate, but smooths out after I let up. I've obviously still got something wrong. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. One other thing that may or may not be related, is the fuel pressure is about 11.5 psi when I first start it up, and then after it gets warmed up, it drops off to 3.5 psi.
Thanks in advance