[QUOTE="Jonny2488"]So after a thorough strip down, clean and rebuild of the carbs yesterday and a general clean up, the engine started and ran perfectly
Only problem is that it wouldn't start using the battery, it required the use of the manual pull cord. So I'm thinking I've either got a battery that's not giving out enough juice or a lazy starter motor?
Edited from my original post as ive just read back a bit - dont want to start another debate
I'd check all connections, try another battery, then strip and replaces the brushes in the starter.
If you've come this far it'll be rude not to and there's plenty of life in the old dog yet