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Check for condensation in the tank. Fill with FRESH gas, then if no luck, proceed ...
Main jet partially blocked. Undo bowl nut. Some models have the jet in the side of the nut - check and clean. If not, the jet is in the emusion tube of the carb - accessible throught the bowl nut orifice. Clean out & test.
Go to this website and type in horse for your model number and you should be able to find a parts break down for your tiller. If the serial number is 874639 it was made in 3/88 and will be a four speed PTO model.
I find a lot of parts on Ebay for these tillers, your can order parts through MTD but they will be a little pricey. MTD aquired Troy Bilt out of bankruptcy in 2001 and still carries parts for the tillers.
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