kay, no spark. tested for continuity from the frame to the coil, from the coil to the beginning of the wire to the cap, and it's all good, then I tested the spark plug with one lead on the part where the cap connects, and one on the other end, not on the side electrode, on the center electrode, and nothing. bad plugs? (please) and what i meant by stay lit was does it keep sparking, or is it just for a second?
Sure it's quiet, for a diesel. But that's like being well-behaved... for a murderer.