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AHHHHH... so there is a filter on the fuel pick-up line! Don't just check it - GET RID OF IT and see what happens. It an seem clean and clear until
It is time to send the starter for repairs or a new one.
Could be a bad sensor. Is it the original pump
You weren't going wrong, mercury is not great about serial #s from the mid 80s back. I use this website he has a pretty comprehensive list http://www.maxrules.com/
Thanks for the replies guys. I think we may try to get it patched as best we can to use this weekend, and look for a plastic welder when we have some