I spent a pleasant afternoon playing with my cov climax gen set on saturday (makes a change from welding a floor into the van!). I have now got the alternator brushgear overhauled (and the exciter dc side seems to produce volts when you spin it by hand!) I then tried to start the engine. It has electric start, and a magneto. The engine plainly refused to fire up and run. I coughed a bit, but nothing more than that. I last ran her back in August, and she was a bit of a bugger to start then, but she was ok when warm, and the engine merrily ran for about an hour, no problem. I think it may be something to do with the magneto (not being familiar with these bits, I'm a little lost.) Is there anyway of making the spark stronger? Dare I take it apart to try to clean it up? Or even convert to coil ignition?
Any help will be appreciated, I need to have the old girl going before the winter really kicks in, and as I want to use her as a standby set, reliable starting is a must.