So just to keep anyone who is interested up to date (is there anyone out there???)
I got the carbs out and cleaned them and everything was a success. Until I noticed that the diaphragm slide wouldn't open all the way up on one side. So I opened the top to check out the rubber diaphragm. Apparently I got some carb cleaner up in there because the rubber diaphragm was phucked up...basically it lost its stability. So looks like I have to get a new one of those (and apparently they cost a bit, like $25 or something like that.)
Other than that little fiasco this job hasn't been to bad, of course I've yet to put the carbs back in so we'll make the final judgement after that is said and done.