So when I initially put in the distributor I advanced it to where I thought the idle should be and then backed it off some. Put the timing light on it and was 35° advance at idle. Had some mega low end power off a dead start that's for sure. (like throw you in the back seat) Pinging like a **** though. So now thanks to everyone's suggestions I was able to understand what's actually going on here. VERY clever that you can tune the vacuum pod to your engine. VW doesn't do that, let alone run worth a crap at 35° advance at idle. This engine is very forgiving at how it runs.
Backed the timing down to 12° at idle (no vacuum hooked up) Drove it around and much better at no pinging but it could have some more lower end. I believe I'll have to play with the vacuum because the carb is a Holley 2 barrel. Not the stock carb for that year. Different vacuum signal amount I'm guessing. Now that I know what I'm after, should be a slam dunk. Tuning the mid range is genius.
I have been doing other things to the car to get it inspected and my 68 Texas plates on it. Mostly all electrical.
had to make a new taillight harness for the entire right side of he car and license light. Fix the reverse lights and the hazards. Thanks to this forum the reverse light thing was pretty easy. Clean and realign the contact.
So the timing thing has taken a back seat until i can actually have daylight again to work on it. F day light savings...