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Old 09-01-2011, 10:42 AM   #1
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1974 Winnebago Indian starting help needed

Hi all, I let my 1974 Winnebago Indian sit for about a year and a half without starting it. I put in a new battery and 5 gallons of new gas and I can't get it to start. Also, when I put my foot on the brake, it goes to the floor. I did check the brake fluid and topped it off. The last time I started it, it fired right up.

So what should I look at or do.


(just trying to get it running so I can move it from one area of the property to another) (I did do a search, but didn't find anything that helped)

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:22 AM   #2
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First you have to determine if it is a fuel or ignition problem

Pull coil wire from distributor and see if you get a spark to ground. No spark then it is an ignition problem, otherwise a fuel problem.

I usually cheat and use a squirt of Starter fluid in carburator when an engine sits for a long time. Harder for the fuel pump to pull gas from tank at cranking speed in order to fill carburator. When an engine sits for a long time, the evaporating gas can gum up the carburator.
74 has electronic ignition. The ballast resistor is the part that normally dies on them due to heat build up.

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