The beast is back together again! Moved it from the shop in the garage to its home in the tarp shed.
Checked everything again just to make sure I had good fuel flow, which I do. Checked the wiring by the coil and found a glob of black electrical tape the PO had left for me. Ever wonder what's lurking beneath that black electrical tape? I did - so off it came - and with it the wire from the coil to the Mega Fire (in place of points and condenser). The wires were just taped together! They are well secured now! Turned on the fuel, throttle wide open, choke open and hit the key - vroom! Let it warm up a bit (doesn't take long at 90 F), slowly pushed in the choke, and - it kept running! Wow! BTW VTXRider - I didn't have 2 gaskets for the upper intake to engine, so I had to make one out of a little thicker gasket material, but it works.
Now I can get some seat time in on the old gal again! Thanks to all who offered experiences and advice - Rich