Guys, thanks for your comments. I think its great we are having a discussion from coast to coast and I'm in the midwest waiting for spring so I and the car can come out of hibernation.
All the problems started with what I believe is a carb and maybe a choke problem when its cold, but even in the summer it would be difficult to idle smoothly so we set the idle way up to compensate for the car stalling out all the time. Then if we set the idle down, when I would pull up to a stop light, it would just stall out.
But, we only had one gasket between the carb and manifold. So, when I get the original carb rebuilt, and I want to confirm it takes two gaskets, one being metal. But, you use 3, Is that correct? I see I can order the gasket from ames.