> I set the timing to 12 degrees
> BTDC with the hose off. When I plugged the hose back in the timing went
> to 4 degrees BTDC, Isn't it supposed to go to go to 4 degrees ATDC?
Yes. Might be the point plate is binding, or (more likely IMO) the vacuum
module has developed an internal leak. But it's only for emissions
reduction at idle, the engine will run fine otherwise except perhaps for
> Also, when I unplugged the hose from the carburetor it looked as if
> there was gas on the fitting. I am sure this is not correct. Any
> suggestions on what is happening here?
Look for anything that would allow raw gas to run down the carb throat :
crud in the float valve, worn float valve, heavy float, etc.