Need Advice - Mechanic is telling me I need new float chamber
I have a bit of a horror story I'm hoping I can get help with.
I rode my 96 Vulcan 750 for years and only put it away after it needed yet another carb rebuild and moved to a much less bike friendly area. It sat in my garage with me firing it up a few times but leaked a bit of gas when it was running.
Fast forward to last month. I have moved again and am in the country with open roads begging to be ridden on. I found a guy selling a 2001 Vulcan 750 with only 300 miles on it. Story was a guy got caught cheating, wife divorced him and got the bike, and it sat in a garage. He supposedly had taken it all apart and cleaned everything. All the visible parts and the oil tank all looked immaculate.
Rode the bike, no problem... Bought the bike for 1500... Rode it about 45 miles and bike wont stay running. Guy I bought it from won't answer calls.
I took the bike into the local shop, along with it's twin as a parts bike. The mechanic after two tries purchased the correct float kits and proceeded to rebuild my carbs on the new bike. He stated whoever did it didn't know what they were doing and two gaskets had leaks had leaks.
Today he calls me and says that both the new bike and the parts bike have broken or cracked float chambers. From what I understand that is the piece that holds the two carbs together. He told me it was part# 16020-1051 and that he didn't want to put it back together with the cracked one as it could burst into flame.
What the heck do I do? The part is supposed to be 200 bucks but is it really likely both bikes had broken float chambers? Can it be welded or is it worth the 200 for the new part?
Thanks for any advice!