Spent another weekend trying to complete the electrics in the Land Rover. The brakes were stripped and checked also.
The weekend was mainly spent getting past two issues. One, that the new plate that was made to to blank the exhaust was too thick. It was obstructing the inlet manifold from mating properly with the head. The bolts seemed to go tight and everything looked ok. But the land rover was running mainly on cylinder one, very lumpy. Two, the new condensor and points that I fitted caused a short circuit (this could have been the fitters fault or a manufacturing issue), initially it manifested itself as an intermitant fault killing the engine after about a minute or two. Eventually it shorted out completely revealing the fault by letting the smoke out of the wires. Otherwise the weekend was productive and I now have a running Land Rover with some of the dash in.
Spent another weekend in Cornwall working on the Land Rover. We get the wiring in the engine bay pretty complete. Got a few other jobs done also. It almost started but for a poor spark. As was suggested, it probably needs an ignition birthday by ways of all new leads, caps, rotor arm, points and condensor.