After getting the engine into the frame, the stator plate went in and then set the contacts. I’d put in new contacts and condensor, just to make sure they worked, though it did take two condensors. Getting the condensor out of the stator place takes some persuasion with a hammer and a bolt and a little bit of heat on the plate.
Anyway, connected in the electrics to the ignition coil, connected a plug and hey presto, a spark (something the bike hadn’t done since I’d had it). Checked the gearbox, still worked, but after a few more kicks, the kickstart siezed and would turn over. Arghhhh. You could still the engine over on the flywheel, though it seemed to tight.
Over the next three or fours sessions in the workshop looked to debug what was going on. I stripped the engine back out of the frame and removed the clutch and flywheel. The kickstart worked, so therefore no need to break the cases again (thank you). Looked closely at the clutch assembly, but putting it back in place seemed to have no adverse effect.
To cut a long story short, when I took the bike apart I had to use an impact driver of three mangled screws that hold on the plate behind the stator plate. I’d replaced these with some I’d got from Metal Work Supplies but the counter-sunk heads were slightly taller and in were rubbing against the flywheel. A simple thing that took me (and friends) 6-7 hours to suss out exacltly what was going on.
Engine back into the frame, check the gearbox again and onto look some of the other parts on the bike