Yup, that sounds right, Mark. There is a "drop spindle" group on here, but I honestly think they're more trouble than they're worth so the stock-height ball joint spindles are fine. Get your front end aligned with 5-7 degrees of caster and it'll be track without bump steer.
On the 34's for carbs, I went back over this thread and didn't see what your engine is. The 34's will be fine for a 1,600-1,776. Anything larger and I would head for 40's or 44's.
Anybody who has Dellortos love them. Anyone with Webers seem to tolerate them. The EMPI are, I think, copies of the old Solex carbs. I don't think any replicas are running real Solexes, to my knowledge. I think Al Merklin has played with more carb combinations than most of us....Al?