Steve was right again and did I ever have vacuum problems. The vac lines in the harness under the battery were eaten away, vac connectors were defective, a vac switch was bad, and many vac lines were replaced. Even a rubber line at the ignition switch which was swollen due to oil. How does oil get into the vacuum system anyway? What a mess!
As a DIYer, I was unable to find all the problems and ended up taking it to the pros. After shelling out a few $$$, she now is like new. But, I am concerned that acid or oil may have been sucked through the system and I am driving a time bomb. Should I dump this honey with only 203K on it?