Success! My girl runs again!
And all it took was a little gas in the tank!
I discovered the tough way that the gas gauge doesn't go below that section between 1/2 and 1/4, let alone set off the 3 ding warning light saying the tank is empty. We put 5 gallons of gas in, and she started right up. When I filled the tank up, it went to F, but when it wouldn't start, it wasn't near E. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
The fuel filter is old, and I didn't check the fuel pressure, but it wouldn't surprise me to find problems there down the road. I'll check the FPR vacuum lines for leaks too. I still think there'* a fuel problem beyond a faulty gauge.
A tune up with new plugs, wires (Delco, nothing fancy yet) and a good throttle body cleaning have her running better, and so far she'* kicked into fast idle every time. No sputters, stalls, and the engine is running smoother too.
I'll post again if anything new pops up.....