UPDATE: John, 86cj, LG, Jon In Tucson. You guys were great!
I borrowed a timing light from a neighbor, plugged the advance, marked the groove and 8* with white out, and checked the timing when the engine was warm before I made any adjustments to get a baseline. It took me a while to find the groove with the timing light, it had to been at about 20+ I could barely see it. Eventually I got it down to 8* ran a little rough but I figured that it was a good thing because it would advance with the vacuum advance. With fingers crossed I uncapped it and plugged it into a manifold port. Smoothed right out and is running great! The idle is probably a little low for normal use but I had turned it down as far as I could without it stumbling to help get me through emissions.
I think the poor timing is what could have been causing my high HC emissions but if there is anything else I could rule out id love to hear it.
Thanks again guys for walking me through this!