Sorry for yelling but I am really frustrated. I have been working on a spark problem on my '64 Sparta for a number of weeks and have made little progress.
Today I adjusted the gap on my points and gapped my spark plug. I was able to get spark out of it but it was a bit weak and was inconsistend (pretty much my original problem.. ugh!!)
I thought maybe the armature on my ignition coil was not close enough to the magneto so I moved it ever so slightly closer to the magneto, thinking the coil may not have been getting enough of the magnetic field. Once I did this I noticed that the armature on the coil was making contact ever so slightly with the magneto, making it difficult to turn over and it got rid of any spark I did have.
I tried to move it back to where it was and got no spark. I then spent the next hour taking off the magneto, adjusting the position of the coil, replacing the magneto and checking again. The best I got was (again) a weak and inconsistent spark. I am really pi$$ed off about this problem because I have tried so much but am still exactly where I started.
So far I have (in no particular order) replaced the spark plug, plug cap, plug wire, condenser and ignition points. The ONLY things left are the mangeto itself and the ignition coil.
Does anyone know what kinds of symptoms are associated to a bad coil? How about a bad magneto? Do the magnets in the magneto become weak and need to be replaced? Someone... anyone??