well we decided to get a new battery just to start to eliminate things and it started right up. so im going to go back out and see if she starts no problem this morning after its been sitting all night. im guessing the gas smell was unburned fuel making its way out the exhaust or something.
it didnt have that smell after we got the new battery in and it ran for a minute
Edit: started no problem and there was zero smell. the battery that we got to replace the old one was alot bigger for some reason. we triple checked the booklet and with the guys at the place and everything said this was the right battery. maybe my brother put in the wrong one years ago
but this one has 750 CCA where as the old one had something like 530 CCA