thanks for the tips
Thanks for the input. Muchly appreciated.
Took the carb off, cleaned it (it was pretty icky). Didn't fix it the issue though. So, also replaced the cork gasket in the sediment bowl with a new one. Then checked all the fittings and pressurized the system, No leaks. Fired her up and she purred like an old kitten. As for the priming bulb - a good one will allow the fuel system to be pressurized and any leaks spotted. In addition, when the racor is serviced it yields an easy way to fill it back up. Oh, and rather than turning the motor over there is a priming lever on the mecahnical fuel pump that allows for testing of the fuel flow at the carb. I use it as I am usually working on her by myself and it is too hard (and dangerous I think) to crank the motor over with the line off. The float needle was also probably playing havoc as the carb was pretty gunky form teh layoff. Again, thanks for the tips - appreciate it.