I'm back. The only time it worked was when the the wires to the thermal fuse were jumpered.
When hooked up properly, it doesn't start.
Audible continuity test says thermal fuse is good(plus it was a brand new never opened one I bought last year as a backup).
As mentioned earlier, all thermostats, element, test good.
Voltage from outlet is right on both sides.
Voltage at terminal block is correct.
I have checked every connection to all components on the back and none are loose. All the connections to terminals on the centrifrugal switch are also firm.
Terminal 4 is loose in the switch (yes, the one that goes to the thermal fuse).
I followed directions in the WP manual for testing the motor(which we know works) and obviously it checked out. I didn't really understand the directions about checking the cent. switch so I guess I'm stuck. Will throw the breaker and check out outlet connections tomorrow. Did I mention that electricity scares the hell out me?
If it turns out to be the cent. switch that part costs about $75 plus I need a rear drum seal (approx.$30) and a blower wheel (15) I already paid $20 for a belt locally and have a few backup parts from previous repairs.
Is it time to cut my losses here and go buy some cheaply made new machine that won't last half as long as this one?
Advice anyone? and thanks again ya'll. I never would have made it this far without your help.