10/7/23: Ok, I got it started today. After cleaning things up, I attached a fuel bottle to the old gas lines which leaked like crazy but apparently enough gas got in to fill the bowls - gave a few pumps and a bit of choke (it's about 100 here in Phoenix today so not much choke), put the switch in run and stabbed the starter button - after only a few coughs, she fired right up and settled into a nice idle pretty quickly. I didn't run it too long but did shut it down and restart it a few times. No smoke out the back either which surprised me a bit. The valves are pretty tappy (I know, tappy valves are happy valves) so I'll check into that soon.
BTW, I haven't previously mentioned but it has just under 31k (miles) on the ODO... if it's had any kind of regular maintenance in its past life, that should be a relatively low milage drivetrain.
The next steps are what I would call a major service - all fluids, filters, re-Torq heads, set valves, points. plugs, timing. I tried loosening the exhaust thread nuts - got one (R) but the other (L) is really jammed on. I'll need to work on that. After that, I'll focus on getting it rideable - fork rebuild, brakes and tires, I'm thinking scrambler-ish right now which in my mind is very minor tire/suspension mods as well as a solo seat, rack and soft bags. If anyone has ideas about a solo seat/rack combo. I'm open to hearing them!
I tried posting a 15 sec. 1st start video but this forum has a cap on file size. Oh well. Enjoy, Al