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If your distributor was loose then that is where you need to start. if the timing is off it can affect the engine idle. Start first with hooking up your timing light and checking the base timing. Remove the vacuum line from the advance unit and set the base timing at 10 degrees Before top dead center. Let me know the results when you get this done and we can work from there.