I took a ten day vacation from the day job and managed to get this thing fired up! All I can say is that in all my years of engine builds, I have never had one go off this smoothly! No leaks, no backfires, nothing. As soon as gas hit the carb, she fired! She idled right off the bat and fired right back up the next day. I did the carb idle adjustments and fine tuned the timing today. The only thing that I can really contribute this to is being overly meticulous and having plenty of extra time to do the work. At nay rate, I am pleasantly surprised and ready to hit the road once the rest of the work is done.