Thanks for input guys. I do not have the history of this tractor. I purchased it for a 1000.00 with a wagner loader on it and a Henry backhoe attachment. from a guy that was selling it or just going to scrap it. I figured I would take the gamble as where it say the loader cylinders and backhoe were all holding pressure. The tractor has a cracked bellhousing. I don't think that would impact the starting. Hopefully we can figure this out. He is what I have done so far. this tractor was not in running condition upon purchase. I drained gas out of tank. I replaced the plugs Autolite 386. I gapped the plugs accordingly to the manual. The carb was a rusted mess so a Marvel re man carb brand new seals,float needles etc was installed. The fuel line was replaced and also a new sediment bowl. The wiring was pretty tore up so I replaced batt cables, and new switch,and the wiring from switch to starter and coil wiring were replaced as well. The coil is same one and the points and condensor looked relativly new upon inspection so I checked and gapped the points after cleaning them. I replaced all spark plug wires and wire from coil to mag. I checked the radiator fluid level it was normal and good in color green, i did not check with a fluid tester I drained engine oil and filter. The oil did not smell like gas. Was not overfull and had no milky color, or metal shavings on plug. It looked like good used oil. The plugs that were in it were Champion D16 but the store did not have them. They said Autolite 386 was a good cross referance. plugs gapped at .25 points gapped at .022 firing order 1243, cyl 1 start at front of tractor working toward cyl 4 at rear of engine closest to steering wheel.
The first couple times trying to start it , I was getting a puff or so of greyish smoke but not really wanting to run. The plugs did not seem to be getting gas, I took carb off again double checked the settings and the float. I believe the float might have been sticking. The next few times still nothing but plugs were getting a little fuel on them but not allot as if fouled out. compression test was done dry and rotated engine 5 times per cylinder. with the other two cylinders jumping up fast on the first and second crank and reaching 140 by 4th and staying at 140 for the 5th. I rechecked cylinder two and three with a few squirts of engine oil. cyl 2 reached a max of 115 and cyl 3 to 90psi. so it did improve but still not reaching the 140 of the others. I also sprayed down valves and valve guides with aerokroil basically pb blaster to see if maybe they are not moving as they should. By eye the 2 cyl rods seem to move possibly a bit less.
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