What beats me is that when it does start and run it runs sweet as a nut. THAT says the points are OK. If they were "off" it just would not run al all.
Fuel - that was an initial thought and as a check I took the pipe off the carb and connected the feed to a bottle, and then cranked the engine. Ample fuel was being pumped so the is nowt wrong with the pump diaphagm.
Yes, I suppose that when the *** does not start it could be a good idea to direct feed a bit of fuel into the carb. However, when it stopped then would not start tonight I did not have any tools etc in the car. Similarly, it would have been a good idea to take out a plug and check for spark. SHOULD spark ok because it is a brand new coil - but of course that presumes the coil is getting volts input. Again, no tools with me.
Ah well, it will get sorted. I just want it running well enough that on Saturday the buyer can get it safely back to Bristol area. This old car has never been driven that far in all it's 42 years !! I'll keep folk posted on progress.
5 Precepts of Buddhism seem appropriate. Refrain from taking life. Refrain from taking that which is not given. Refrain from misconduct. Refrain from lying. Refrain from intoxicants which lead to loss of mindfulness