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Re: 1980's Briggs

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01-25-2020 11:10:20

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New points can have a non-conductive coating, with points "open", clean with electrical contact cleaner, allow to air-dry, then with points "closed" burnish them with a strip of clean white cardstock, open them and blow away any dust and fuzz with clean dry air.

New condensers can be bad "out of the box", unless an old one is proven bad, there's nothing gained by replacing it.

Is "air gap" set properly? A common business card works great for that.

Check that nothing is grounding out the low-tension side, in the points area, at the connection stud for the "kill" wire, and the wire to the coil.

Is anything connected to the "kill" terminal that could be draining off potential spark energy?

On some Briggs engines, it's possible to install the coil "flipped" with respect to which side faces the engine, or for that matter to install an incorrect coil. (Briggs calls 'em "armatures".)

For that matter, you didn't happen to install a coil set up for "E.I." with your breaker points setup?

Wouldn't have cost any more to have posted the engine model # and the coil part number, for that matter.

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01-25-2020 13:59:45

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 Re: 1980's Briggs in reply to Bob, 01-25-2020 11:10:20  
Thanks for the suggestions Bob. The engine is model# 326437, Type 0688-02. Don't know the engine s/n as I couldn't find name plate or other ID. Got the model# etc. from hand written notes on manuals I received with the purchase. It's in a Power King tractor. A little more background. I bought this engine not running late in 2018. Points/ condenser were jury rigged. I cleaned and rebuilt the carb and installed the correct points/condenser. I actually got it running late fall. Ran it a few times, pressured washed it and then put it away for the winter. In spring 2019 it wouldn't fire. Been working on it very occasionally since then.
Installed second set points/ condenser in spring and coil since then. I used feeler gauge (believe .020) on the points and separate feeler gauge (believe .013) on both legs of coil. I will check for a short as the wiring around the points looks to have been jury rigged too.

Thanks again

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