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It may be a fuel problem Inspect the fuel delivery if its constant and the quality of the fuel. It may be a bad fuel filter or the fuel tank may be dirty. Inspect also the fuel lines if it is in good shape and no dents or bends on it.
Other than that it could be the fuel mixture. The carb may need cleaning or you may have to adjust the fuel mixture.
Posted on Apr 08, 2011
Errol, from what you have described it sounds (literally) that the exhaust valves need adjusting. I suspect, that without adjusting them or having them adjusted, sometime very soon, the engine is going to backfire when it's being turned off and it won't start the next time. It will probably crank, but it won't start. ,you have the right tools and know what the gap should be, it's not really a DIY project.
Now, I'm not discounting what your friend suggested. Bad fuel or a clogged carb may be an issue. But, it will tie in with the other one I pointed out. Maybe your friend, who has worked on engines all his life can help you tighten and re-gap the exhaust valves.
Good luck to you. You're a good father and father--in-law, to make a purchase like this for them. I hope they appreciate it.
Posted on Apr 07, 2011
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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