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Old 05-13-2005, 12:01:22 PM
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I was trying to start my New Way last night, but it doesn't seem to be drawing fuel. I pulled the fuel line and made sure the check ball was loose. The engine has a fixed jet mixer with the only adjustment being the choke plate. I can hear the choke plate "flutter" on the intake stroke, but I don't see any real perceptable movement out of the intake valve. The fact that I hear air pulling through the mixer tells me that air is getting past the intake valve. I did get it to fire a few times just by pouring a little gas in the cylinder, so I'm anxious to get it running on its own. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks, Mike.
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Old 05-13-2005, 12:39:22 PM
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Mike,

I don't know if this is an engine you have had running before but I do know that a lot of New Way engines are set up to run the opposite direction from what we are used to. If this engine is new to you, pull the flywheels through nice and slow to check that everything is happening in the right order.

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If the engine was outside or in a garage, check for a spiders nest or a wasps nest in the intake. I had a mud dauber wasp nest in the intale of my New Way and it drove me nuts
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I will pull the mixer this weekend and see what I can find. I was aware of the "backwards" rotation of the flywheels. I've heard several stories about that causing fits for new owners. Hopefully it is something as simple as a wasp nest. Mike
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Maybe OLD Gas, Going througth this Now, with a Car that has the Fuel Pump Locked up, It doesn't take Loooog at all for it to go Bad
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Might also want to check for a stuck open intake valve.

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Thanks for all of the help guys. The problem ended up being a plugged jet. The jet on this engine is a pretty crude looking piece of crimped copper. I ran a #59 drill through it and now the engine runs pretty good. Thanks again, Mike. PORTLAND BOUND!!!
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