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It's easy enough to check for spark output. Do you have an adjustable gap spark tester (best way to do it) or a timing light to check for spark output?
Good morning and sorry for the delay. When you had replied back last night I had already logged off for the evening.
2 more questions for you. First is what makes you say it's not firing, what is the engine doing exactly?
Next, have you sprayed any starting fluid down the #5 carb to see if there was any reaction from the engine?
You said you checked for spark with a timing light. Did you hook the light up to that plug wire, with the plug screwed into place, and the engine running?
So the fix would be to replace the head gasket, and make sure the head is flat with a machinists straight edge when it's all apart.
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