Ya’ll are Great! Its working! Currently running backwards but I think I can fix that. I used the throttle reverse switch but then the thing goes full throttle. Should be able to figure that out but OK for now.
Im not exactly sure what changed so that it started working. I did plug the red wire from the receiver to the ESC back in (thanks Rogjalon) and initially nothing changed. But I think what Alexandre also said about the order of power may have been the trick. I disconnected the motor too and tried the setup that way. Again, initially nothing. However, a friend stopped by and I was showing him the electronics and explaining the problem. i reconnected everything , motor included, and bam! It worked. Not sure why but at least things are moving!
So… for anyone else struggling.
Seaking KV103A esc needs all the wires (white red and black) in order to get the receiver to work and the esc calibrated.
I disconnected the motor (SS 56104) during the calibration and not 100% sure that was the solution but after I calibrated and reconnected the motor it runs. Maybe something to that.
Followed the instructions on my remote control to calibrate but may buy a programming card to ensure the timing, battery cell count, … are correct. Not certain that its correct as of now and need to play with that a bit.
But… some success! Thank you Very Much to you all for helping me figure out this part! I was really frustrated as I consider myself fairly competent but just couldn’t figure it out! Very much appreciate you taking your valuable time to help out a newcomer!