Not that ritzy corner of CT!
I found that using a vacuum gauge to set the timing gave the best running motor. Warm the engine, disconnect the vacuum advance and plug any other suckers ( like wipers ), connect a gauge to the intake manifold port and adjust the timing by rotating the distributor to get max vacuum. Make sure your valves are properly set first but that's another story.
Still playing with the carb, but mostly go by the shop manual procedure, just rebuild the carb first or you are going to waste a lot of time tweaking a bad carb if it's the stock Rochester.