Okay, thanks for the input! I don't have any of those tools, so I was unable to proceed today (perhaps in the next few days I can go ahead with those tests). Here is what I WAS able to do.
I was able to change the fuel filter. The gas that came out of it on the intake side was very very dirty (leaving dark black stains on the paper towel, not unlike oil), and not much gas came out of the outlet side. That might be because all of it ran out the intake side.
I was able to get the engine to fire when using starter fluid. I removed the Air Filter hood thingie (pardon my overly technical terminology there.) And squirted it towards the carburetor side. The engine fired but would not stay running. It is acting very much like it is just out of gas.
I had my brother turn the key on while I had my ear near the gas tank, and I heard the fuel pump. I don't know what it is supposed to sound like. It was more like a buzz than a hum. Think hard phone vibration against a wooden surface, as opposed to a phone vibrating when on a bed mattress or pillow.
From what I can tell, I am getting spark (enough to ignite starter fluid), I do have power (enough to ignite starter fluid and run all of my peripherals like lights, power seats/windows/mirrors, radio, etc.), But I don't have gas getting to the engine.
I will try to get the rest of the tools mentioned here, and test those things. Hopefully there is something you can tell me from what I've said here.
Friday, October 25th, 2013 AT 7:53 PM