well here's an update. On a far fetched hunch, i was prompted by several people to replace the GM ingition module that i had spliced into the whole TBI rig. i figured, if that was bad i'd have to lose spark. i mean, after all, isnt spark the entire job of that module in this particular setup? but, i had great spark, right on time. however, since my last post, i had put a timing light on the crank, and found that the ignition timing was 15 degrees too early. so i adjusted the distributor, and set timing to 10 degrees BTDC. seemed to run much better, my lack of torque past 2000 rpm seemed to mostly go away, but still had the slightly off beat idle (almost like it was still out of time). still wouldnt start when cold. not one drop came out of the injectors upon cold crank. so i bought another ignition module (new), and hooked it up. boom fired right up, BUT the temp was already 130 degrees. so not guaranteed that fixed it. most of the time, even at full operating temp, it would crank 6 or 8 times be4 firing. this time, it barely cranked twice and fired. so i let it get cold again. cranked and cranked, no fire. so i pulled the air cleaner, and loah and behold the throttle plates were soaked. definately had fuel this time. sprayed starting fluid in case it wasnt enough fuel getting to the cylinders. still no fire. so held it at wide open throttle, and after 4 or 5 cranks it roared to life, but wouldnt hold an idle unless i kept my foot slightly on the gas for 15 seconds. then it would idle. but it runs like crap when cold but kinda ok when its hot. so im thinkin i fixed the no fuel during crank problem, but now maybe the distibutor needs to be re-timed? what do you guys think?