Originally Posted by Searider
I've just flashed up an engine that's been stood for a while.
Given to me 2 years ago.
2 years in my damp garage. Couple of years in a shed with previous Owner before that. I know the previous Owner and know that it would have been properly serviced whilst he was using it.
Still 4 years untouched.
4hp 2 cylinder Johnson from the 1980s, or maybe 1990s
New fuel in.
Mount on workmate and dunk in bucket of water.
Pulled the cord. Jammed it.
Pulled it over a few times.
Good spark - first surprise of the day. Was expecting electrics to be grumpy.
No smell of fuel - suspect it wasn't getting through.
Squirted some fuel into the throat of the carb.
Pulled the cord again and it ran for a coupe of seconds. Things are getting better!
Took carb off and removed bowl. Fuel in bowl. Removed jet in bowl - found it blocked. Poked a bit of fine wire through and then reassembled.
Pulled cord - fired first pull and ran fine with a steady idle.
Water flow a bit weak but impeller change next weekends job.
So, an engine that has stood needn't be bad.
Well i can beat that, engine bought brand new 1972, never used, i get it 3 months ago, second pull and works like new, now on my SR4, also have vids on you tube of starting it for first ever time.