Johnson 15HP Long Shaft
Went to Maine a few weeks ago and motor overheated. Had a low volume of telltale and was stalling out smoking a bit. Hard to restart but got me back in off the water. I thought the impeller was no good. Got home and changed water pump and impeller, saw a small leak in head gasket so figured I would tear it all down and repair. Turns out thermostat was fried, water pump was fine.
Replaced thermostat, water jacket gasket, head gasket, and water pump and impeller. Now it starts with no problem but I have zero telltale, not pissing a drop of water. Blew everything out and have a clear air flow but no water. I'm stumped but and thinking it is something with the thermostat. I have had the lower off 7 times in the last three days thinking the pick up tube was not connecting but that isn't it either. Everything is connected. I'm stumped at the moment, any thoughts are welcomed