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The engine has been sitting for a year, I have

The engine has been sitting for a year I have checked the distributor cap the coil is new and I have the Resistors the spark plugs have spark there is compression and engine will start but will not remain running. If you choke it it dies if you leave it open and in idle it dies if you open the throttle it does not rev and dies. Any suggestions?

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I'm not sure what engine we are speaking of, but this problem sounds like it is fuel related, possibly dirt and build up inside the carburetor.

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