i got lucky. After checking the tank screens again and see they are perfect, it must be something else thats stopping flow.
This tank had been Kreemed and, as a bonus, the guy kreemed the gas cap too.. so, no vent! I guess the only venting must have been coming from the cracks in the old rubber gasket inside the cap. So when i blew into the gas line i pressurized the tank and then gas came flying out.
I coulda sworn this bike ran great but maybe it will get better.. It got up to 30mph real fast the two times i tested it.. Unfamiliar bikes are hard to judge and diagnose..