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Car had blown head gasket, sat for about 2 years. Fixed head issue now has run issue. Changed fuel but it runs ok for a few minutes then either sputters or dies just like the key had been turned off. I have replaced the fuel filter and as I said before the fuel.

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    Just changed head gaskets and recondition heads


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Is it fuel injected? Or carburated?
If it has a carb, did you clean out the float bowels and jets?
If it's injected, you may need to clean or replace the injector nozzles.
Fuel that has been sitting for 2 years can turn to varnish.

And after you replaced the head gaskets, did you do a compression check on the motor?

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