Originally Posted by sec2776
If you can afford it buy a motorcraft 2100 like in a previous post. I had the Carter and like my ex-wife threw it away and got something a lot better. You don't need as many vacuum lines a or wiring. It runs great. If you really want Haynes manual has a great diagram where all the lines go.
Once you do the Nutter, you need the same amount of vacuum lines no matter what carburetor is on there.
IMHO, it is better to get it running as good as you can without replacing big expensive pieces and then when/if you do get a new carb, it will run right. If you put a new carb on it now, you will still have to nutter it and reconstruct the vacuum stuff and also tune in a new carb all at the same time.
Your carb might be fine or it might be totally shot and unusable. You won't know that until you get it hooked up right.