Sigh... I should have seen it coming though. As messed up as the carburetor was, I should have gone ahead and replaced the fuel pump.
It of course failed shortly after reinstalling the carb. Diaphragm toasted. During removal one of the happy bolts with integral lock washers shed a good chunk of washer. Sigh... I could rig something up, but that would mean trouble down the road.
So I go to work today and tell my friends about the bolt problem. One of my friends says he has the correct FoMoCo bolts and he owes me for a correct choke cable I gave him so long ago. It seems having friends is one thing, having friends that sorta have the same hobbies as you is even more a win win!
The mental trap I get into with these cars is summed up as one friend says to another: "Dude you don't understand. These cars look like if you went to the showroom and said I want that one, they look just like that". True enough, but both restorations are past the twenty year mark.
I can see flaws, but to most they go unnoticed. Sigh... Waiting on fuel pump bolts!