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Engine won't start. It will rotate but won't start. It was sitting over 3 years and the oil/gas wasn't drained when it was stored in the shop. I tried starting fluid and had no luck, it almost fired then just died, and it did this multiple times. Also, when it almost started black smoke shot out the exhaust. This used to be an everyday driven car until it was parked a few years back due to the owner upgrading. Any idea's would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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It would be a good idea to change spark plugs, wires have the accel body cleaned and have the coil(s) checked if working ok. Since there was black smoke coming out, at least you know gasoline is flowing to the engine.

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