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Re: IH 300 Utility Starting Issue

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OK, I wanted to give an update on this. You have all been very helpful and I really appreciate the advice. I had my neighbor come over and help me last night. He's way better mechanically than I am, plus I had a hard time trying to check spark when turning the key myself. So he came over and we started with spark. Was getting 12V to the coil. Points looked good. Rotor button looked fine. Turns out I was getting spark out of the plug. Either I wasn't getting a good ground or couldn't see what I was doing when I tried it myself.
So, we verified that the choke was opening up when I pulled out the knob. Cranked on it and still got nothing. So we took off the air intake hose and blew a bunch of starting fluid into it and cranked the crap out of it and it eventually started. I let it run for a couple hours and moved the throttle around. I added some liquid heat to the gas so I wanted to make sure that was all run through the system. I pulled it into the barn and let it set over night. This morning I went out and tried it and it fired right up. It's like 50 degrees today, so it's not a good test of if the cold is part of the problem. But, I have no idea what happened last weekend. Maybe something was stuck in the carb and I just happened to run out of gas when I tried to pull my truck by coincidence? I don't know. I know that it appears to be fuel related so I'm going to get a carb kit and will go through the carb either this summer, or sooner if it craps out again on me. So, long story short, my theory for the moment is that something was stuck in the carb and got blown out of there once we got it running using starting fluid. If anyone else has another theory I'd love to hear it.

Thanks again for the help.

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