My experience with electricity goes back 70 or so years...I was nearly electrocuted. An experience that has tended to keep me and electricity at an arm's length plus 10 feet.
That said and...the path from coil thru points should be checked to be sure it is not
grounding out due to misassembly of the small items and of course keep in mind that
metals conduct, oxides insulate...dirt and crud will either conduct or insulate depending
on which is most inconvenient.
I have several point sets from K1-6 apart at moment that are severely corroded. If better
points were available I would trash them. Not an option, so they await some miracle rust removing solution.
There is a lot of effort put into salvaging Bendix coils. I have not tried that route. Until and
unless our friends in China take an interest the only option.
I looked into haveing core rewound and was quoted $250 to 300. I guess that is a one off price not for a series run. WAY too much in any case.
In the late 1970s or early 1980s Toro went to solid state ignition and offered Guaranteed to Start for years of use. In 1983 I bought a Toro walk behind lawnmower for a 1/2 acre yard.
NEVER failed to start even when compression said mower was worn out. Same with the
following 2 replacement Toro mowers which I picked up used.
I also picked up a well used Toro showthrower that still had points....that was a bear to start
until I got fed up and did a thorough rebuild of ignition and fuel system...then it was as easy
to start as lawnmowers.
I had a young friend with a Maytag gas engine that defied his best efforts UNTIL he replaced
the NEW spark plug with a spark plug from an engine that ran well.
New Champion Spark Plug was defective. Rare, but, as the saying goes "They don't make them like they used to."
I have and use the Bendix Magneto Rotor tools. I have seen rotors that were removed by
prying...cracked and bent. The correct tools are very much worth having just for the time
Again I AM NOT anyone's idea of an expert in these matters
0.020" for new points and 0.018" for used points seem pretty much the rule for Bendix
Repco/Phelon, Wico and Eisemann magnetos.
Points are a switch...on and off...coils and condensers have values to measure