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I have a new to me,'52 rigid, ? Shovelhead.bat volt at top of coil, when i kick moter bottem of coil flashes testlight.no spark.17 year car mechanic.knows nothing bout harleys.allways wanted 1. Watched bike 4 2 years stored in sshop.started every 2 -3 months.not started 8 months.replased batt. Thinking coil.help. 6 v-. 12 v. Got pics.trying to figer out how to post
 

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Harley not really any different from car. Except both plugs fire at the same time. Basic trouble shooting will help you nail the problem. My guess, is put new plugs in it, make sure there's gas, don't flood it and it will fire.
 

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Check the points?

Have you checked the points? Put a testlight on the wire going to
the points, turn the key on, the light should light up when the points
open and go out when they close.

This will tell you allot about whats going on. (make sure they're
opening too.

If the light stays on all the time, your points are dirty. If the light
never comes on check it at the coil on both terminals. If it lights on
one but not the other (points OPEN), you got a bad coil or bad condensor.
You can disconnect the condensor and re-test to eliminate that.

Let us know what you find out. This isn't rocket science.
 
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