Newbie to Z50, having problems

1982-Z50

New Member
Hi all, I recently purchased a 1982 Z50 that ran perfectly. I took it apart to replace some parts, clean, paint, etc., and now it won't run. I didn't touch the engine, I only removed fenders, the tank, seat, muffler, and cleaned the plug and air filter. I put everything back together and it won't start. Doesn't even sound like it's close to starting. It has plenty spark, verified by putting the plug against the cylinder while I kick it. It has clean, fresh gas.

I saw other posts talking about points or the points wire. There is the wire that grounds to the frame when you tighten the airbox bracket but I've reinstalled it exactly like it was. Am I missing something obvious? I assumed with good spark it would at least fire up.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

jcmem8

New Member
Try pulling out the spark plug again and squirt some fuel in the hole then put spark plug back in quick (carful to thread it in right), and give it a lots of kicks(obviously with the coil lead on). Some times the fuel in the carb can dry up and doing this will suck it through again. If that doesnt work try pulling off the carby and blowing through the fuel line to make sure its not blocked, loosen the drain screw at the bottom of carb to see if fuel is going through. Im no expert but I had a similar problem and doing this fixed it. Good luck mate.
 

1982-Z50

New Member
Thanks, I'll try the plug thing. I drained the card completely and refilled it with fresh gas. Gas pours out the overflow hose after kicking it for a while so I know the fuel is getting to the carb and is clean. Whether it's making it to the cylinder is a different story. Thanks again.

Try pulling out the spark plug again and squirt some fuel in the hole then put spark plug back in quick (carful to thread it in right), and give it a lots of kicks(obviously with the coil lead on). Some times the fuel in the carb can dry up and doing this will suck it through again. ...
 

mrichard

Member
If gas pours out the overflow hose the float is stuck in the carb and the engine is flooding out. Take the float off the carb and make sure the needle and seat are not stuck.

Mike
 

1982-Z50

New Member
Thanks Mike, I'll try that. On a related note, the throttle cable broke right where it come off the handlebar - actually the casing around the cable broke which made the engine rev a bit. That is when I shut it off for dis-assembly. A new cable is on the way. Maybe that little bit of plastic isn't as harmless as it looks.
If gas pours out the overflow hose the float is stuck in the carb and the engine is flooding out. Take the float off the carb and make sure the needle and seat are not stuck.

Mike
 
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