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Changed timinig belt and will start but want stay running?

I put the tension pulley on wrong...IDIOT...Ran it for about 20 miles and it stopped before I relized what I had done wrong..Took back a part and changed pulley and belt..Will start and sputter for about 45 seconds and die.. Will start again after it cools?

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  • jmacdrum Jul 27, 2009

    We got it taken care of yesterday...A buddy and the Haynes manual..Got it up and running again...Thanks for responding..It was the timing.Just had to get the cranks and cam back in line..Thanks again

  • mike loshbough
    mike loshbough May 11, 2010

    i hope you did not bend the valves.



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Is it timed?

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