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Location: Monroe, LA
The petcock is vacuum activated and will not flow fuel unless a vacuum is applied to the central line (probably the one coming off the carb diaphragm and attached to the central nipple on the bottom of the petcock). So hook up that line and see if it will crank. But first, since the gas has been in the tank for so long without fuel stabilizer, I'd get rid of it, get a can of Sea Foam fuel treatment (don't use another brand, they're not the same) add half a can to the tank and fill it with fresh gas.
I'm keepin' all the left over parts. I'm gonna use 'em to build another bike!
1989 VN750 acquired December, 2008, 6,711 miles
Currently 23,298 miles
2001 Honda CMX250 Rebel acquired July, 2008
1987 VN750 project bike, acquired August, 2009, 33,000 miles and balancer sticking out of the case, currently awaiting attention and parts