Thanks Jeff! I might have to take you up on your offer if I don't get this figured out! Anyway I don't think it's fuel filter because the glass bowl shows plenty of fuel, even when running, and fuel comes out into the carb pretty good. I think I'm going to pull/maybe replace it tomorrow anyway, but not sure it's causing the problem.
Having a hard time understanding why the battery would have anything to do with this? Engine runs off alternator once it gets started...I guess I can pull the battery and see if anything changes...and maybe put a battery from a friend of mine in there...truck is still at Treeroot's house and if anybody wants to go mess with it you're welcome...I have the keys though.