I think I'll hire you as my personal mechanic when you move here ssr.
Mine was around 140 too. I wonder if it's supposed to be 110 with the auto-decompressor but maybe the starter is spinning fast enough that it disengages? The manual also says that the charging voltage running the engine at speed should be 12.4-13.2V. Every other vehicle I've known expects around 14-14.5V, which is also where the RE falls on a good day.Scott
You can try with the kick too and still get the same result.
They also say 11.5V on the battery unloaded is ok. In my book, that's a battery in need of charging or on its way out.
Big thanks, SSR, for this detailed trouble shooting. I printed it and now it adorns my service manual, whose descriptions are not half as clear. Cheers!