So I tored down the carb, it was a whole lot easier than I thought and the gaskets were still serviceable, so I left them as is. Turns out that wasn't my problem. I mean, it did need some adjustment, but the issue is a leaky petcock and the fuel filter that was on the line before it. don't think it was stock. either way, the fuel filter is gone now and i'm looking for a new petcock. i think i need to rebuild the engine as well, still slipping and sluggish between 10-20mph, but after that it runs like a champ. but still runs pretty rich.
anyway, at least now i can take it places and not worry that it will fall apart on the way!