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sorry to hear of your misfortune :(
heres a couple of things you can try.
pull the distributor cap and twist the rotor, there should be some springness indicating your mechanical advance weights are working.
pull a vacuum on the vacuum advance with a hand vacuum pump if you have one with the engine running at idle.
this should advance the timing and raise the idle.
advance the timing manually a bit at a time buy turning the distributor counter clockwise until it pings on acceleration, then back off just a tad.
insure you are getting full throttle mechanically.
this might be a little tricky, pull off the top of the carburetor and bend the tab on the float just a bit to raise the float level.
that should keep you busy for a while.
good luck, gary
will have time to follow the suggestions made tomorrow eve.
may the force be with you :)