Got it back together enough to start it.
Tank up, Rt side plastics off.
It's quieter! I let it warm up and revved it to 5 k a few times.
* it sounds a little crisper, as in Throttle response from idle, etc.- Could be 'cz I spent all this time and effort on it though
I tightened it and backed it off a 1/4 turn cold.
Ran it and did not adjust it further, yet.
Success!! Kinda scary knowing what a jumped timing will do!
I did this today while I was battling a vertigo, and changing head positions while working on this was challenging;
and the fact my 18 y/o w/ Autism is having a day long- intellectual melt down. He calms down a while, then it starts over again, and again.
Such is life.
I think I mentioned the only reason I did this, was it was starting to sound like a diesel, or a dry clutch.
I'm glad after all the research, videos, reading threads, etc. that I went for it!
New plugs in the process too! NGK CR9E from Auto Zone.