Something else to consider is whether the battery was recently disconnected or run dead. If it was, the idle speed will be too low until the Engine Computer relearns "minimum throttle". For that to take place, drive at highway speed with the engine warmed up, then coast for at least seven seconds without touching the brake or gas pedals.
If this is the cause of the stalling, you also will not get the nice idle speed flare-up to 1500 rpm when you start the engine. The second clue is the engine will start and run fine if you hold the gas pedal down about 1/4".
If the engine stalls while driving, suspect the optical pickup assembly inside the distributor, or the ignition coil, but failure of either of them is very rare.
Monday, June 20th, 2011 AT 5:15 PM