Well, it seems I've had a brain dump since I wrote the previous post. The reason for that is that I wrote that post when I got home from work and had an idea of what I was going to do before I went to bed, but since I've woken up a little bit ago, I've forgotten......ugh.....
So, what I am going to do, is:
1. Remove the extra vacuum stuff.
2. Verify initial ignition and set to 12 degrees if needed.
3. Verify how much mechanical advance I have.
4. Reconnect vacuum advance to manifold, adjust idle speed and see how it runs.
I've read through both threads plus the "crankshaft info page" and it seems to me that manifold vacuum is the choice on an engine that has no emissions equipment, so that is where I am going to start with it.