OK, I tried starting the engine last weekend, but no luck.
The main problem is the ignition system really. When the engine is hand cranked, there is no spark. This was last weekend.
In the last few days, with the help of Warren, we decided that the capacitor inside the coil is failing. After taking that out, by disconnecting it and wiring a modern one across the contacts, the spark improved a lot.
I can now create sparks about 5 or 6 mm long. BUT that’s when spinning at a nice speed. At crank speed it’s still hopeless.
Have been talking with a guy in the states about rewinding the coil. But with the new capacitor, I have the feeling that the spark isn’t going to improve a lot.
So I have made a decision to start using a modern car ignition coil.