Great story. I have similar stories with my 60 Big Healey.@Lin , Side bar. My brother had a 59-60 bug eye. For some reason I still have the PA title. My first car was a 67 Midget with the "hot" 1275 mechanical advance ignition distributor. Funny story, I purchased it when I was 15 (not of legal age to drive), put her in the unused garage under the house and removed the engine with a friend. I then disassembled the engine (no prior automotive experience, I had a repair manual ) and then sent the block and crank, flywheel and head out for machining. When I got them back, it was too cold to work in the garage, so I made an area in my bedroom to paint the block, and head and reassemble the engine. I used as many parts that I could afford to purchase ( paper route, grass cutting, snow shoveling ) from the Joe Huffaker catalog. Pistons, cam, pushrods, etc. and I lightened the rockers. I got it all back together, and I then realized that it was way too heavy for me to carry down the steps from the second floor. Negotiating the engine with my older brother out of the house and into the garage was a feat. The engine ran great. I got a new set of Michelin XZX tires mounted on my wire wheels, a tweed cap and a pair of perforated driving gloves. I thought that I was Sterling Moss. Good times...
I somehow doubt it makes a huge difference, but your order of 'nipples' seems incorrect according to this photoI pulled the top vacuum hose (of the three) off of the plenum that goes to the OVS. The end of the hose was dry.
I then pulled the lowest one of the three that goes to the charcoal canister which was already disconnected from the canister. It was also dry.
I then pulled the center hose from the plenum that connects to the fuel pressure regulator and gasoline spilled out!