I finally had all the parts gathered and switched the generator out and installed an alternator. A one wire alternator.
Fired her up, started good. The ammeter wrapped its needle around the post on the positive side. Right off the gauge. Ran fine, I checked the voltage across the battery terminals. 14.9 volts, charging good.
it started to miss. Got worse, soon the throttle would not cause the engine to increase rpm. soon after it it died.
I put my hand on the coil, real hot.
I waited a day and tried to start. No luck. I tried a few times. No luck. I felt the coil again. Real hot.
I swapped out the coil for another one (an old one that worked fine when I replaced it for a shiny new one). No start. felt the coil, it was real hot.
The ampmeter is still pegged to the post.
One question, concerning the coil. I have the plus terminal connected to the switch side of the circuit and the negative terminal connected to the distributor. This is a negative ground circuit.
On BTW, when I pull the centre wire from the distributor and hold it close to ground, I see no spark. I did see one little spark, but it was only one little one.