Car stalls when placed into reverse or drive.
It sounds to me like the engine might have drivability problems and the load from the transmission is overcoming the engine power at idle. Have a certified mechanic who is familiar with older carbureted engines inspect the timing and check the primary and secondary ignition components; points, condenser, distributor cap and rotor, spark plugs and wires.
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