Appreciate the input reassuring what I dreaded, I think I got a leak at the case,
I'm gonna do the base gasket 1st and retest. If that fails I'm gonna try a lazy approach of gooping up the case externally. I dont like to do things 1/2 assed but when I finally do get around to playing w this again thats likely what I'll do.
Thanks again for your advice, esp. the aviation grade high tac gasket sealer. I'll let u know how it goes.