Originally Posted by jimbee
The choke was on and he explains that it was fast idling at about 4,000 rpm for about 45 minutes standing still before it died.
So where do I start?
First, enroll you little brother in a school for mechanical idiots. Then,
1 - Get a $2,000 deposit from him
2 - Change the oil, remove the filter, inspect the filter.
3 - Adjust the valves
4 - Crank the engine w/out spark plugs to get the oil circulating
4 - Do compression and leak down tests
5 - If it has decent compression, start it, warm it up and see if the oil pressure is 10 - 15 psi at idle
6 - If yes, take it for a ride and see what happens.