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When trying to get the ignition system working, it is best to asses things in a logical order. If you pull the coil cable from the dizzy place it near the chassis, about 1/4", and check for a spark. Make sure you have 12 volts to the dizzy. This,for now, eliminates the rotor, spark plugs and wires as possible problem contributors.

If you have no spark, you are back to points and condenser (and coil wire, perhaps). Pull off the dizzy cap and crank the engine, ignition on. If you have a large spark across the points, the condenser is not working. There should be just a small spark.

It could be a dead condenser, but my biggest problem was always the ground connection for the condenser. You can check for this if you can have a helper crank the engine and try and connect an external ground, a small jumper wire, attached to a good clean chassis bolt, and then scratch away at the condenser case. If the spark across the points gets substantially smaller, than the ground is the problem.

You can do the same sort of test with a new condenser and jumper cables letting the new condenser dangle outside the dizzy. Disconnect one end of the old one first.

Then, once you have spark at the coil wire, reconnect it to the dizzy and try holding each spark plug wire 1/4" from the chassis and look for a spark. If that works, hold it near the spark plug tip and again it should spark.

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