I asked my buddy to borrow his vacuum gauge and he didn't have it on hand today...so I picked up a modulator and the correct size steel line from napa...autozone is horrible...
Came home, installed the modulator, bent the new line, clamped it...ditched that needle crap and fired her up and she's perfect...omfg I'm in love.
Oh...also found out that my neighbor who lives across the street works at the local chevrolet dealership, so I chatted with him for about an hour...cool stuff.
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the help.