Wasn't quite sure what to use for a title . Anyhow I do have such an issue with the Mav, it's been sitting in my driveway for the better part of a year, up until a few months ago I had been starting it regularly, not driving it (can't because of the sticking shifter, - it's a Manual), just starting it and letting it run for a few minutes. It has always been a chore to start it ever since I bought it back in 02, sometimes it would fire right up (summer time only), other times I would be at it for a good five minutes or more before it finally came to life sputtering and spittin and finally running. After it finally started I would often have to apply light pressure on the Accelerator to maintain a satisfactory idle for a few minutes, if I rev'd the engine within that time frame it would spit loudly and often die, sometimes it would fire right back up other times more cranking and cranking. Anyhow on to the point of this thread back in February I began to notice it was taking even longer to start, to the point where it would wear down the battery, when it finally did start it would run ok for a few minutes then begin spewing thick black smoke (hence the title ) at which point it would start running rough finally stalling, after which I could not restart it for awhile, trying to do so would wear the battery down considerably. Btw it also left lovely little black spots on the driveway when it's done this thankfully my landlord hasn't noticed them. I pulled the plugs and sure enough they were black as night all six of them equally. In addition to that a strong fuel odor was coming from the plug holes so I now I officially knew why it was belching smoke it was flooding, but I sort of figured that already. Thing is it's really flooding and I mean bad. It's never done this before so I figured maybe the Carb finally went or the Points did probably both knowin my luck. It's acting like the Carburetor is dumping gas so one of my theories is the Float is full of gas so it doesn't know when to ease up on the Fuel Delivery and thus the gas dumping, then there is the Points theory but after checking them they look fine though I know you can't always tell by looks alone. Would rebuilding the Carb fix this problem? I figured I would get a Rebuild Kit since they were cheap (AutoZone has em for $12) and just try rebuilding it myself couldn't hurt certainly beats buying a new Carb which run around $150 and up. I've also theorized the Fuel Pump could be putting out too much pressure but wouldn't I notice Fuel Leaks if it were doing that?