I've just spent an enjoyable day at the Annual Rally being inundated with advice on getting my Standard running. It's spent twenty-odd years in a barn while I lived in rooms and flats where I couldn't keep a mower, and has suffered somewhat! Unfortunately I'm not there for the Sunday. However, if I can get it going before Bloxham... Suspicion is it's electrical, so I'm posting here for recommendations as to what I need to check and specs for things like multimeters.
It will start and runs roughly for a few seconds before expiring again - compared to other Standards it sounds as though it's not firing on every revolution. Fuel is getting through OK - we've had the carb apart and checked the fuel filter as well. The clutch has freed up, and a bit of Plus Gas has loosened various other tight bits (oo er). The "sump" is dry as it should be. The points open, have been cleaned, and there is a spark (gap uncertain - no feeler gauge handy). The timing marks on the flywheel are no more than a degree or two out from the one on the end of the crankshaft. Having checked with other MkVI-C engines today, maybe this is too good, as the range is between about ten degrees retarded to the same advanced!
So... what should the points gap be, please?
Plug is a Champion 7 - I believe the original spec was a 7Com, advice as to a modern equivalent, please? And the appropriate gap as well.
Testing the coil/condenser - testing electrics is a closed book to me, so any advice you can offer on the spec to use for multimeters etc, as well as what to do, would be appreciated.