As far as strategy, this saw is to be my go to saw. Squish ended up around 20 thousands. Timing from tdc is exh 104, transfers 124, and intake of 76. The ports widths are 60 percent of the bore.
I ran the saw with the factory zama el18. I was three turns out on the high side. Tried a walbro 159a. Ordered a walbro 191 and it tunes out better.
I am on about tank #4 and so far so good. Current chain set up is a 18" .325 Oregon chain. Real happy with it. It will cut for over 1 hr and still have fuel in the tank. Last time I ran it, I was getting tired thinking it had to be close to being out of fuel. Well, jonsered 1/ joey 0. The saw cut more wood than my body could take for 1 tank.
I had two of those saws, and they were both equally filthy. Here's the one I kept. It also got an NE 346 top end, along with some port work. Mastermind cut the base and squish band. And it has an HDA-199 carb and intake off a 357xp...
Looking forward to the video. The 346 that I saw over on the other site was real impressive. It's on the list of saws I need. Just have to find a box 'o saw like yours. Getting one in good shape takes all the fun out of it.