rwolf15241 wrote:question for you, why would it run on starter fluid??? There is gas in the bowl, I don't think it is spraying in the carb. I'm going to replace all the old clamps with screw type
FYI Engine has 318 hrs on it
because starter fluid carries a very hefty bang - it will ignite where gasoline won't.. many moons ago, I stood by and watched once while a guy was using starter fluid to inflate a truck tire.. sprayed tire full of it, and then lit his zippo lighter and started to lean in - he was still 2 feet away from it when the starting fluid went off - KA-BOOM! and not only inflated the tire but blew it right off the friggin rim and about 6 feet into the air... and the "mechanic" with the lighter had a nicely toasted face (singed beard and eyebrows)
you wont get those results with plain gas. .. you could build an engine out of wood in the wood shop , no piston rings, and make it run on starter fluid (assuming you could build a suitable ignition system)
Check the compression.
if it isnt spraying gas into the carb, either you didnt clean the carb right, you tightened down a screw that should actually be 1-1/2 turns out, or you don't have enough compression to suck gas out of the carb - either due to bad rings, leaking valve or head gasket, or badly leaking intake gaskets. Carb requires air flow through venturi to pull gas through it. anything that affects that air flow and velocity will result in no fuel flowing through main nozzle. Since it really is quite difficult to screw up a carb cleaning so badly that gas won't flow (if you have even a half-@$$ed idea what you're doing.) I'd tend to lean towards looking at air flow and compression.