Well the good news is that I finally got the motor
running. I first pulled the old plug
and poured some gas in the cylinder to clean out the oil
that had spilled inside. I turned the motor
over a few times, then put in a fresh plug
. I did another carb clean, soaking the carb and components in carb cleaner for about 30 minutes then put it all back together. The motor started but seemed like it was running out of fuel
. The motor just didn't want to run.
I was searching another thread for various possibilities as to why my engine
didn't want to run and found a thread where the owner had the same problem. He found that the fuel filter
(which is inside the line from the gas tank to the shut off valve) was clogged. I took the fuel
line off, removed the filter and discovered that the filter had been crushed somehow. I took it out and decided to also bypassed the shutoff valve (which is very restrictive and is a bitch to get back into place) and hooked everything back up. Bingo! It started up and ran pretty good. It still needs some fine tune adjustments but otherwise it runs fine. I think I'll see if I can find a high flow in-line fuel filter
and shutoff valve and go from there.
I would consider reusing the stock shut off valve if I can figure out how to get it back in position. I spent nearly an hour trying to get the damn thing back in it's hole and all the components lined up before giving up.