It has been a while since I tried to get the truck running, and I am quickly gathering a large pile of parts in the garage. Since I am starting to get worried that I might misplace a part, or forget how things go back together, I got under the hood and re-installed the carb, battery and plug wires.
The good news: the new battery cables that I installed seem to be working fine. All of the electrical is working great.
The bad news: the truck would not start.
The worst news: even though I re-tightened and double checked everything, the carb is leaking like crazy. So I will definitely be getting another carb. No sense in beating this leaking horse to death.