thanks for the prompt response, motorhead. yesterday, I took the shroud, flywheel, and assemblage off, cleaned what I could, checked gap on points, cleaned the rust off the pickup, cleaned the magnets, oiled the wiper for the points, checked all connections, and pulled the boot off the plug cable to derust the contact. I will doublecheck the wire from the shroud to make certain it isn't rubbed bare.
I was just thinking of something. pertaining to the ignition switch, when the switch is in the off position, does it complete the circuit to ground, thus preventing a starting condition? or does it function in some other fashion?
thanks in advance,
You are correct with the switch in the off position it completes the circuit to ground.