Well, it's always an adventure!
First off, I noticed that when I put the new distributor cap on, I had the right firing order but each wire was rotated counterclockwise two positions from where it should be. After correcting that, I needed to rotate the rotor a few clicks until I could get the car started.
Then I took dnult's advice and checked for TDC markings after taking out the #1 plug and cranking until I could feel the piston at the top. He was right! My dampener mark was off by about 10 degrees! I ended up setting the timing at 2BTDC (in reality more like 12BTDC).
It still diesel's a bit but if I shut it off in gear and let out the clutch, it shuts right off. I agree with Everet#2390 that it's probably the old gas (which is about used up) and all the carbon build up. I'll add new gas and put some Seafoam into it when it hits the road (no front sheet metal on it yet).
My next question is, shouldn't the timing mark jump around with the vac advance hooked up and running at idle? I don't get measurable vac pressure out of the carb outlet at idle and I get 10Hg at 2,000 rpm. I know I have a heavy cam which is probably causing this but since I don't have idling problems is it anything to worry about?
Thanks for all the help, this a great site!
68 Std.Cpe./327/Saginaw 4spd./10 bolt 3.08(all numbers match)