Cotton, jus makin fun, probably didn't have enough floatbowl to make a level, huh? So much for trial and error of loosening things. Musta worked great for all them years, and then, all of a sudden, ya learn something new.
A buddy of my, learning about air pressure, decided to fix a leak in his Trident tank. After washing it out and welding it, he made fittings up to hook to an air hose. Using 150 psi, turned that stock Triumph tank into something that looked like a pair of waterwings.