Well i finally got a chance to play with my massey after staring @ it for 3 months while the other projects got cleaned up. I cleaned the Carb. Put new brushes in the starter. It popped right off, but barely responded to throttle position. after tinkering with the carb for awhile it would only hit about 40% rpm with violent pops out the exhaust, I mean violent!, and no power. I decided pull the head to check Ign. timing and glance at cam timing. Cam timing looks to be good. but ign timing is .300" ATDC! How is that possible. The guy i bought it from said he replaced the short block (used the original flywheel and stator plate on the new engine) is there different stators for the 8hp tecumseh? I dont have enough room to adjust the plate and the lobe is fixed on the crank. I am not a master mechanic but I do have a strong background with small engines, although I am brand new to tecumseh. any Ideas?