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Still trying to get my 7114 running right, so while I'm waiting on an on-line order for a new carb throttle shaft I reset the timing, after replacing the points and condenser. I got the points adjusted with my voltmeter to open at the "S" mark on the flywheel, but when I rotate the engine by hand the points also open at another point on the flywheel, then when I keep rotating the engine the points break again at the "S" mark. I believe the point gap is supposed to be about .020 at it's widest, but mine is more open than that. Am I missing something or is something possibly frigged up w/ my cam, or maybe the points plunger shaft is worn beyond specs ?

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Your ignition is firing harmlessly on the exhaust stroke. Some engines are designed that way. I'm not sure why. Old Harleys come to mind. Your method should get you close.

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Since you mention the "S" mark on the flywheel, I assume this is Kohler K-321 engine. There should only be ONE points lobe relief ground into the cam and hence the points should only open/close once per 720 degrees of crankshaft rotation. So yes one might suspect a camshaft problem and/or it has a machining defect thereof.

Tom (PK)

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You are correct - it did have a cam problem. The flared pin that holds the cam into the block had worn enough to randomly alter the timing. After fabricating a pin to hold it in place, it starts and runs OK until a BGB load is put on, then it surges and sputters until I idle it for a few minutes, when it runs OK again until it gets a load put on it again. I'm wondering if the random timing cooked the condenser, which I replaced prior, along w/ the coil.

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