So, these are potentially dumb questions and I apologize in advance. Setup: 63 Comet, 292 Y block (stock for all I know) , Holley Street Avenger 570, 3 speed toploader. There's an electric fuel pump just behind the rear axle and I just replaced the two inline fuel filters. The inline fuel gauge between the primary and secondary ports on the carb is kind of twitchy but is around 9 psi at idle. Issues: 1) When cold it starts, runs for a few seconds then dies. Takes several attempts to get it running but always seems to, eventually. No issues starting once warm. 2) Accelerator is way close to the floor - almost just an on/off button and only opens about 1/2 of WOT 3) It you ease it up, the engine builds revs fine, if you mash the gas, it stalls. 4) There are no (zero, zip, nada) vacuum lines hooked up to the carb. Plan: 1) Pull the plugs and look at them. 2) set valve lash to factory specs. 3) Check for vacuum leaks - I was going to use the soapy water method to try and avoid setting things on fire. 4) Set timing to around 10 degrees, and actually connect the vacuum advance. 5) Baseline the carb (set floats, idle, etc) 6) Connect PCV on the carb to the port on the back of the intake. 7) Profit? Questions: 1) The throttle linkage appears to be a single rod going to from under the pedal to the carb linkage - I don't really see any obvious way to adjust it apart from simply bending it - is there a better way to do it? 2) Car was born a 6 cyl Merc o Matic. When I was looking for place to route gauges through the firewall I discovered that a PO had hacked huge holes for the clutch linkage in the firewall and inner fender. It looks like he used a school of angry piranhas or something. The plus is gauge routing was like running strings down a hallway, but there's two approx 3" cracks leading out from the corners of two of the holes (firewall, inner fender). Am I going to die If I don't fix it immediately? Do you guys usually find such awesome body modification? 3) Am I missing something obvious in tuning to get rid of my problems? 4) When is the weather going to stop being so damn cold here?