This still sounds like a carb problem to me, although I did have some spectacular problems with the coil ignition on my own 1948 4G from time to time. As one last check on the Solex carb, have you undone the 4 screws which hold the float chamber section to the rest of the carb? This joint is vertical. (I don't have a bi-starter carb here at present so that description is from memory). When you remove these 4 screws, you should be able to see the passage which takes fuel into the bi-starter. There is a hole in the gasket corresponding to this passage. Could the gasket be fitted such as to block this passage? I do emphasise that I am working from memory here, but it is worth a quick check. Presumably the errant silicone could also have got into this passage?
If we have no joy with the carb, we can go through the coil ignition issues but I will need a good description of the coil conversion to be able to help.
Changing valve guides, etc., at this point is most unlikely to solve the problem, in my humble opinion.
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