Thanks dutch1. ive learned that some places assume their distributor has a part if they themselves are out of stock. I will try in morrning as well, but that allow 1-3 extra days does not sound good.
Interestingly, every local shop, at least 7, all said the same thing: " we have never stocked/had the part". I say interestingly bc i thought the vangaurd series of briggs was a fairly moderate to high production volume and length. is this status quo from briggs? never had a problem with the 2 K's