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Do you know any of the maintenance history of the engine?
Alright, let me try and get through these one at a time. This is going to be a bunch of info.
When you had the engine running, did you see any water coming from the center of the prop?
The water check port will be on the lower pans. Normally on right side rear. You should have also been getting water from the center of the prop. Gear case should have been warm, but not hot.
I am not sure what you mean you got the alarm to stop by turning on an exhaust? If you had an alarm, it was for overheat, since the oil injection is removed. You do need to replace the impeller.
For maintaining the engine, You should do spark plugs, water pump and gear oil every year. Along with greasing the engine and the control cables.
I would need a pic of the bracket to see what it is.
Your bilge pump should be wired that the float is always hot, you should be able to turn the batteries off, then test the float manually, see if the pump turns on.
Yes, water check is the tale tell.
The lower pans are shown here.
Your engine should not have a blower, since it is an outboard engine.
Is the bracket a jack plate?
I take it that the bracket there is the Anderson bracket. That is used to give the motor some set back. This puts in cleaner water to get a better bite. It also will provide the boat slightly more lift.
Your tell-tale is actually located in the center of the engine on the rear. There is a black rubber grommet there and it has a movable nozzle in it. hat is where the water should come from.
The lower pans are just below the black grommet for the upper cowl.