Thank you all for the continued input. Here's my plan for the weekend:
1. Confirm the carb is (still) the (only) problem by checking fuel flow to the carb (pull the fuel line off and look) and to the cylinder (check if spark plug
is wet after trying to start).
out other problems by trying raw fuel in the cylinder or using starter fluid (perchance: why no starting fluid?). If this doesn't work, I'll see if I can borrow a compression
tester and spark tester from the local auto parts
store. I have tried the "farmer's check" for both and have a visible spark and my thumb blows off the hole.
3. Assuming it is a carb problem (and only a carb problem), I'll try cleaning/soaking again (and find the hidden third jet), then reassembly with a carb rebuild
kit. Aviation fuel is an option but a bit harder for me to get. I think a have some old guitar strings around here somewhere, and I'll try to get a rebuild
kit before the weekend.
4. Once I get it running, clean all fuel filters and change the oil
, particularly if I use aviation fuel.
I am learning
a lot about this outboard
(all time well spent), but I suspect I may want to upgrade to a larger outboard
next year anyway--so I'm trying to minimize effort and expense on this one. We have a 10' AB RIB
(hypalon with double fiberglass
floor--got a great deal on Craig's List), and our plans include cruising the U.S. east coast
for one year, leaving next summer. I'll be happy with the small OB if I can coax the dinghy
onto a plane in flat water
with 3 people on board. If not, I'll want to upgrade anyway. Will the 4hp push the dinghy
onto a plane? I've heard that I may be able to upgrade the carb and get to 6hp--not sure if that's true or if even that would be enough. If I'm going to upgrade the carb, now would be the time.
By the way, I owe you all a beer
at the SSCA Gam or the boat show
. Anyone planning on being there?