Sorry to bother you all with another question. I've been looking at another boat that is identical to mine. It's an early '70's Starcraft Super Sport V 16fter, except the hull is in much better shape than mine. It would be a nice hull to redo the interior on. It has a 1974 85HP Mercury on the back. It has not been run in probably 10-15 years. The motor was supposed to have run good on it's last trip. Let me say upfront that I'm not considering getting this rig for the motor. However, if the motor could be salvaged, it would make it easier to sell than to part the motor out. Or I might possibly use it if all turns out well. The price is certainly right. The problem with trying out the motor is that the wiring harness is completely rotted away. I know this is a common problem among this era of Mercury's. I don't want to sink money into buying another harness without knowing some particulars about the condition of some key motor components. The internal harness is not in as bad of shape and I could probably rewire some of the dry rotted wires. I would like to be able to check for spark and possibly get a compression reading before determining whether or not to buy the harnes. Is it possible to do this without the wiring harness?? Thanks a bunch!!