I traded my 6hp Mercury
and some cash for a 15 HP Honda
. Didn't look at the engine
before hand just did the deal. Anyway got it home and there was emulsified oil
in it. Changed the oil
and ran it and found water
in the oil. There was a white granular substance around the head gasket
so I figured it needed a top end job. Never done one before but how hard can it be?
I got all the parts
and put it back together. Had the carb professionally rebuilt. Now it won't start. So I checked the three items needed to for combustion. 1) It has spark. 2) I bought a compression
tester but it won't fit. I'll have to wait till tomorrow to get an adapter. In the mean time I checked the compression
with my finger and it feels pretty good, and 3) I sprayed some ether into one of the plug
holes and it didn't give a hint of wanting to start.
My arm is now tired. I can't get the engine
to start and I have had an evil thought -- take it in and have it fixed. I really don't want to give up. Here are some questions.
Could the ignition timing be bad? It is only a 2 cylinder. I have the manual and it doesn't say which cylinder is #1. I think I got it right. but if I have it reversed will the spark not fire off at the right time?
Any other ideas on what to check?