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Do I ditch the Magneto on my 3414 or Not?

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I am trying to get my "new" 3414S running as soon as possible (saving face with the wife)so I have been considering converting to an automotive type coil. 1) Am I correct in assuming that I am supposed to be using a coil that does not require an external ballast?

I have seen the wiring diagrams on another thread but I did not particularly care for a toggle switch controlling power to the coil so I was considering installing a single pole, keyed on/off switch to control power to the coil and a HD starter button to activate the starter/generator without using the solenoid. Well, I have been searching for a HD starter button and also a single pole keyed switch with not much luck. I guess they are not as plentiful as they were just a few decades ago. So I got to thinking...and came up with another idea the may work as well but retain all my original electrical switches/devices with one addition and some creative rewiring. 2) I figured I could retain the solenoid and the original keyed switch in my 3414. Disconnect the starter circuit on the keyed switch...attach the starter circuit to a still available starter button off an Allis D series tractor (new device).

Allis Chalmers D Series starter button. I would then use the existing keyed switch as a single pole on/off switch with the "accessory" feature powering the coil? The lights (when I get them sorted out), I would run directly off the battery with a fuse protected circuit through the original toggle switch. Do you think this would work? 3) After the sale the previous owner informed me that the generator does not charge either... IF I convert to an automotive type coil how long could I expect the tractor to run on a fully charged battery? Once I get the motor running, I will want to tackle the charging issue. 4) With these two issues should I just forget the Battery ignition, pull the motor and change the OEM coil?

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I'd suggest replacing the original coil. Having done the auto conversion on a 725 I think it would be: faster, less expensive and easier on your battery especially considering the fact your S/G may not be charging to go with an original repair. In my opinion, any one of those alone would be enough. In my case with the 725, the magneto is a different style that is more expensive and scared me. I've since been into the magna-matic magneto and there's no real mystery to them. Good luck -

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