Make sure the battery is fully charged, I know from experiance that a partially charged battery on the rascal will not start it no matter how good the engine is turning over.
Check for any splits in the fuel pipe or any loose connections on it, the pump should slow down and stop with ignition on and engine not running once it pressurises the system, and then restart once engine starts running. Read further on in this post on checking if fuel is reaching carb.
Check for a spark at the plugs and from the coil. If your not getting a spark at the plugs but got a spark from the coil then check inside the distributor to make sure the points are opening (these have a small tendency to close up at times). If the points are opening, is there a big spark between the points, if there is you need a new condensor (small cylindrical thing with a wire going to the distributor, on the side of the distributor.). Also check the filter on the carb where the fuel line enters the carb, it may want cleaning. Check the fuel is reaching the carb by taking the fuel line off at the carb, place it in a container and turn the engine over on the starter, there should be decent spirts of fuel from it if the pump is working properly, a very poor flow would indicate a faulty pump. Also, on the carb make sure the solenoid is working (cylindrical thing screwed in to the carb with a wire coming from it), it should click when the key is turned.
Worst scenario is a bent camshaft, again from experiance after almost completing a 200 mile round trip but breaking down 3 miles from home, LUCKY!!!. Turned out to be a bent camshaft, replaced it and van started right away.
Wednesday, 31 August 2005
Edited Wednesday, 31 August 2005