Ok, so I finally got a little time with the truck tonight about an hour before dark. I'm pretty frustrated. I can't get this thing to behave right at all. I have gapped these points really really close... Like .008-.010 and I still can't get better than about 27* dwell by the meter. I think this has my timing really retarded now because if and when it tries to fire it's shooting a puff of blue flame out the header and puff back through the carb as well. So my questions to you guys are these: If the initial gap by the book is .016, is it normal to have to go down this much and still not get 30* dwell? Seems extreme to me. I guess I'm going to pull the distributor again and do what I should have done in the beginning, which is, check for wear. So, seeing as I've never really inspected a distributor for wear before... What do I check for? Is it end play? Side play indicating a worn bushing, etc? If all that's good, I'm thinking the best thing for me to do is to try to hunt up a good breaker plate for this distributor that has good threads so that I can get the proper adjustment action on the points. I think the 1/4-28 allen head is so much bigger than the 8-32 it's supposed to be that it's not allowing for the right adjustment or something. Anyway... Thoughts, opinions, suggestions, advice... It's all appreciated. Thanks!