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So if it is the carb then why does the motor run normal in reverse???:eek:

These guys are stating the obvious but likely your issue is not so obvious. Actually had the exact problem you are describing a few years ago. Engine started and went into gear. As soon as throttle would be applied, engine would stall.

The good news is that it was dirt and/or debris in the carburetor. The carb is pretty easy to remove with a couple of wrenches. Blow it out with some compressed air and some carb cleaner, reinstall and you should be good to go. These carburetors are pretty sensitive to dirt.

Good luck.

Ps- I always carried a spare rebuilt carburetor after that. Figured I could switch it out in a hurry if I had carb problems again.
 

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I would replace the ign coil--that is how they go.:(

I've been having a very similar problem with my 72 A4 but my problem doesn't arise till i have been in gear for quite a while no less than 1.5 hours and it just seem to bog down and eventually kills the engine completely, but when i kick it into neutral it runs fine and as long as i let it sit for 10-15 min it works fine for a while more. I've already gone under to check for any fouling or debris on the prop or shaft and found nothing at all the oil has just been changed and I intend to change the fuel filter as soon as i get a replacement and get it loose. The fuel filter appears to be pretty old so im hoping thats the problem although it doesn't make complete sence to me it almost seems like its over heating but i don't know how.
 
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