Well, I still had gas running through the carb, so I pulled it off.
I will order a rebuild kit with a new float and get working on rebuilding it.
After I get that done, then I can continue with the troubleshooting process.
Sounds like my next step after the carb will be a compression check.
I will post back after the carb rebuild and get some help with the next round.
For info, I was unable to start the rig with the throttle anyplace but completely down/off. It would never start with any other setting. I also would have to move it very slowly and carefully if I wanted to increase it, or it would kill the engine.
A very sincere thanks for all the replies.