Just to add to the din... I have not had any problems with the Lucas Sport
Coil. My coil problems early last year stemed from a mis-match on the order
of the internal vrs. external resistor variety. I've run a Lucas Sport coil
for over a year now, and about 5000Mi sans difficulty.
It would be my opinion that a coil failure would be gradual, and it sounds
like Milo's problem was very sudden. Coils do "run" hot, but if there's no
evidence of a leak, then I'm stumped on the coil theory. I don't otherwise
see how a coil could reversibly fail so quickly. Coils seem either to be
bad right out of the box or to last for years and years.
On a related subject, a local lbc mechanic now swears by Bosch points. He
has quit using the Lucas variety. I've had lucas points that, right out of
the package, don't sit correctly (i.e. the two contact's faces dont lie on
each other flat). My mechanic/friend says Bosch quality is much higher.