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Nortons 78 odyssey

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please help...I finally got spark but still cant get this thing started. ive even tried pouring a little fuel in the spark plug hole and starting fluid but nothing but an occasional backfire. I thought maybe it could be my fuel pump or lines, (I had to replace the tank & currently using a 1 gallon aluminum tank) but I am using clear fuel lines & can see the fuel going through it, its not a steady flow but when I pull on the starter it flows more. thank you

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Re: need some help with my 78 odyssey. it wont start, but i have spark
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2013, 08:35:28 PM »
1ST OF ALL IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU NEED TO ADJUST YOUR POINTS BECAUSE IF THEY ARE NOT ADJUSTED CORRECTLY YOU WILL GET A BACKFIRE. Then if you have checked that and it still don't start and you have spark, then I could almost guarantee you that you have too much 2-stroke oil in the fuel mixture that is causing a wet foul of you plugs. The plug will not fire because the oil is fouling it out. Add some straight fuel to the tank and try it again