No it would not start with ether, yes it has gas but is low, didn't fill it up because the tank has a leak and I'm changing it and filter, but your speculation about ignition got me thinking again, so i seem to notice that when I go out in the morning or after it has set a good while and try it, it almost fires up.
So when I got home from work today I first checked the fuses as sugjested (no problem) then cranked it up with a new plug out of the hole on the block where I could see it.
The spark was great at first but then died off and started to miss.
Pulled the coil off and checked it best I could against the crappy Haynes test protocal, and it seemed it may be bad.
Shot off the the parts store where the guys are now starting to wonder about me and got a new coil, dropped it in, hit the key and with a lot of smoke and rumble it fires up, after a minute or two all the crap burns out and it runs on its own, not great but running.
I had to shut it down because apparently in trying to get the rusted off stub of the middle plug pass. side out I cracked the dip stick tube and it was putting oil all over the floor.
Oil that seems to have a lot of gas in it by the way.
Threw some absorbent on it and tried to start, no go,bad spark again.
Seems something is losing its ability to make a happy spark after it has had current to it for more than a couple minutes.
On a side note, yes I would say the gas is stale, but I am changing the tank and fuel pump anyway bcause if I have to take the tank off then why not put a pump in.
Interestingly my local parts gut charged me $117.00 Canadian for a complete pump kit.
My local GM dealers list price is $860.00 for the pump only, no thats not a complete fuel system because I did ask that question, just the pump.
Same AC Delco part and part number, in fact they did not have it in stock and were going to bring it over from my parts guy.
No wonder GMs so F-ed up now.
Anyway, with that rant behind me, I would appreciate any thoughts on the ignition issue.
Thanks for your help to this point.
Will it fire up with a shot of carb cleaner down the intake? If so, then it is fuel related (will die pretty quickly), if it doesnt fire up suspect ignition. If fuel, check the CTS as pressure sounds adequate maybe the ECM is jacking up the mix.