I can tell you whats wrong with it without even seeing it.. those older motors had shoddy electrical. the insulation peels of and shorts everything out or causing all kinds of hard to track down electrical problems.
I would send it where it belongs unless it is a cherry motor, or someone has updated all of the electrical, like stator, switchboxes, wiring harness, ect.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but its just my opinion.
Yank the cover and do a very close inspection of the wires would be my first check.
those tower type engines ran like a bat out of hell, until the electrical gave the ghost. thats why you rarely see them on the lakes anymore.
Edited by leanin post (05/19/15 06:50 PM)
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