I had a similar problem a year ago with my 1997 Daewoo Cielo, where the engine started and ran for about half a minute before stopping through lack of fuel. The roadside serviceman who came to my assistance climbed underneath the back of the car with a rubber mallet and tapped the fuel pump once or twice. His explanation was that the fuel pump can seize up at any time (particularly after a few years of use - 9 in my case) and the tapping loosened up the parts. He advised replacing it as soon as possible because once it has started happening it will probably happen more frequently.
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Is it (the fuel) being injected? what is the fuel pressure reading? If you spray starting fluid into the air intake does it start but then die out? Have the engine fault codes been read from the diagnostic port under the dash in front of driver?
It sounds like there might be an air lock between the fuel pump and the carburetor. Disconnect the fuel line from the fuel pump at the carburetor. Get a coffee can or another container turn the fuel pump on or try and start the car. the fuel pump will pump fuel through the fuel line to fill it with fuel and push the air out of the line. When you get a steady stream of fuel , reconnect the fuel line to the carburetor, the car should start.
If you continued to attempt to start the car after running out of fuel the fuel pump may have been damaged. The petrol in the tank acts as a coolant on the fuel pump and when the tank is empty if the starter is continuously engaged it can overheat and burn out the pump.