Ignition Timing

I popped the flywheel off to retard the timing since this engine wants to rip my fingers off. I was going to put new points in but the ones that are in there look brand new and are correctly gapped. I backed off the ignition timing a 1/16th of an inch, re-lubed the cam wick and sanded the surface rust off the flywheel magnets and coil fork. The original WICO coil looks good except for yellow paint on the primary wire so I will use it instead of replacing it with a new coil. The engine pulls and kicks over easier now but is still harder than I want since I am old, have a rotator cuff injury that is still healing and my right middle finger comes out of joint easily. I want to use the recoil to save wear and tear on the one way bearing in the fluid clutch.