I have a 1.3 VW Golf running a Pierburg 2e3 carb which has been off the road for at least 7 years. The problem I currently have is that the engine immediately cuts out when the key is in the run position in the ignition. There are no issues starting the car it fires up straight away.
Since owning the car, I've replaced the following with new parts:
- Spark plugs
- Ignition switch
- Starter motor
- In line fuel filter
I've also stripped the carb (to the best of my ability) and replaced a couple of gaskets and diaphragms.
The engine gets fuel. I've removed the hose to the carb whilst cranking and see a good flow. Checking the spark plugs and they're wet.
I've not changed the ignition (HT) leads, but in my mind if the engine starts then they must be fine. Perhaps that is wrong? Likewise the ignition coil.
The only time I have had the engine running for any length of time was when I sprayed carb cleaner in to the carb. It immediately stalled when I moved the throttle.
One thing to note is that there is, I believe, a factory Quantum alarm installed. I don't have a fob for it, but the light in the cabin has never illuminated so perhaps it might not be armed. I wonder though if this might be acting as an immobiliser too, but I've not been able to find too much information about it online.
I'm hoping for some suggestions on what I can investigate over and above what I've already done.