Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Chilliwack, BC, Canada
A trick which can help in reinstalling carbs which have rubber connectors is to grease a pair of thin (1/16" to 1/8" Lexan) sheets and place one across the air box boot and the other across the cylinder head boot. The carb can be pushed into position between the two Lexan pieces, then withdraw each Lexan.
What pieces do you need for the carb? Rebuild "kits" are seldom the way we source carb parts, FWIW. Typically they only need a clean, an bowl gasket after some years. Needle valves take a long time to wear out. I find that idle pilot jets and emulsion tubes are sometimes too badly corroded if the carb has had a lot of water exposure but main emulsion tubes can usually just be cleaned with jet drills.