'69 Johnson 115 Ignition


I have a 1969 Johnson 115 hp outboard.  It will start and stay running in the bucket, however, when put in the lake it will start then stall.  2 occurrences happened when running at full throttle engine just cut off, (no sputter, no hesitation) just died.  It restarted then stalled again at idle.  I removed the safety circuit and jumped terminals 7 and 9 bypassing circuit per manuals suggestion. In the bucket, engine idled for more then 45 minutes, when put into the water it had the same problem (stalled, crank but not start).  I have replaced the Stator with a 35 amp output with the same results. Any suggestions? 




How is the compression? The description sounds like it is seizing. The old V-4's will stick a piston and then run afterward. It gets worse with each occurrence. If that is ok, I would look at the power pack. It could have a heat breakdown failure.




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