Please HELP! 72 Westy Not starting Alternator Clicking???


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Hi there... I am new to Westys and not the most skilled mechanic. I have owned several beetles over the years and have been able to do/make repairs to them.

Here is my problem: I just bought a 72 westy. It has the suitcase/pancake 1700 engine in it. The previous owner said it died on him driving home and he just parked it. After charging up the battery replacing the fuel filter, I tried to start it. The engine turns over and wants to start. The points are opening, I have tried starter fluid in carb and nothing is helping. When the ignition is turned on the alternator makes a clicking sound. Is this normal? What other fixes should I try? Thanks for all your help.