Well, I finally drove my truck today. Only took 16 months. The first 9 looking for it, and the other 7 making it safe enough to get behind the wheel. This would not have happened without everyone here. Thank you one and all.
If a picture is truly worth a thousand words, here is War and Peace. The loud parts at least.
Post script (next day):
I've put on fourty miles now, and the carb is clearing itself. Only a little hesitation left so I don't have to drive a maniac. If we have to, we will use a rebuild kit on the Carter but it is not looking like it will need it.
Right now, it just keeps getting better.
EDIT: Same drive eight months later.