took it out for a spin, has a different spark knock sound. but wow feels way more stouter... makes the fan belts squeal now.. tomorrow i retension them. will try to tweak it in some more tomorrow evening after i fix the melted cord.
If you're working on a non-computer carb and distributor, normal for the Chevy smallblock is about 12 degrees at idle, vacuum advance disconnected and vacuum port plugged. Total advance should be about 35 degrees, all in by about 2500 rpm, again vacuum advance disconnected and plugged.