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Starts then shuts off...why?

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I have a 1978 ish MTD 990.. I got it to where it will start up pretty easy, then after it runs for 15 - 20 seconds it dies, as if I turned the key off. What could cause this?.... bad needle settings? float not set right, I was told it had a new float put in but not adjusted. How do I go about doing such thing? Thanks for any info...:trink39:
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There are a few posts on cleaning and adjusting these carbs over in the MTD forum.

My very first question is - how full is your fuel tank? If you measure the bottom of the fuel tank to the fuel inlet on the carb, you have little more than an inch. Now if we complicate things with poor fuel line routing and the wrong type of fuel filter, we have an extremely poor fuel flow. A lot of us experience out of fuel conditions with a quarter tank left.

Initial mixture screw adjustments are 2 turns out for high speed, and 2 1/2 turns for the low speed mixture. Float should close needle valve when parallel with the body of the carb.
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