Compression seems good, and there is very little carbon buildup. I don't believe the knocking sound is piston slap, or anything else.
I think my problem is with the carburetor now... it is set to the leanest it will go to get it to run somewhat and will still bog occasionally. Also my voltage regulator is toast, found that out by going fast in the dark and my lights fried
Would lack of a voltage regulator cause any engine problems?