So...got the motor back in, rewired the boat with my loaner MSD box...hit the key and it fired. cool.
Decided, since I bought the carbs used, bolted them on, and it ran OK so I've never touched them, to dive in and see what jets I've got and where the floats are.
I noticed that the floats were only about 3/16" or so off the bottom of the bowl when the needle was closed...that's not right. 3 out of 4 bowls, I raised the needle valve 3 or more turns before fuel came out the pisser at 7psi. LOL . Jets were OK as a starting point considering they might have fuel running through them now.
Since the neighbors bitch about the noise a little bit, and my last MSD dist. had 20° of advance in it...I'd previously set the timing to 14° at idle and called it a day. Tonight I'd had a few beers, so fawk the neighbors...and I ran it up to 4K in the driveway....but the timing didn't move. WTF?
Yanked the cap, the rotor has some slop in it but the springs feel real soft. Seems as if the springs are overcome as soon as the thing fires, and just pulls timing out for cranking. Cranking = 6°AFT, idling = 14° BTC. Dammit....so I set things at 36° total.
So, now I've got fuel and another 22° of timing...it should run better...just a tad bit.
Gawd I'm a dumbass for not checking this out properly before. Was too concerned with other stuff I guess. I'm goin for 3 digits this weekend...we'll see what happens.