Thanks for the update, when you now post "it has set for a year or so .. now .. and this spring .. it would NOT start with starter .. but pull it .. and it starts in seconds !!"
Same as myself and others commented below, it still sounds like a problem with the mags spring wind n trip impulse assembly. If it sat a long time rust or crud or corrosion may have caused the engagement dogs to stick so the spring isn't winding up and releasing as it should ??? Often a good clean up and light lube can fix it if ???????? that's the problem.