Thanks for the replies all. I'm pretty sure I found and fixed the sparking points problem. As Allan wrote, he has had little problem using older stock original condensers. My supplier offered the same advice even as these were in original dusty and very old Lucas packeting boxes, no shine left on these.
(Edited down a bit by me)
I installed the new? points today, retimed it, and still runs like poop, and is still missing on the L/H side, but no more sparking from the points. It seems to want to respond to the idle mixture screw, but not enough.
The Q on the points are find the cause of the miss first. It was detonating pretty bad after running for 2 minutes on the R/hH side and turned the pipe blue after the coil wiring mixup on that side.
I see a little oil now on the L/H side barrel. Maybe it's the head gasket? The plug looks good. Sorry for the venting
you know what they say
80% of electrical problems are carburation and visa versa
Do a compression test and we go from there .