okay, today's update.
Pulled the flywheel, that's a chore in itself. Heavy on the puller, bit of liquid flame wrench and the odd tap tap tap with the mallet and off it comes.
Swapped in another stator, matched up all the timing marks, put everything back together and it fires up okay
I should note that all the safety, key switch, kill switch, etc... are all unplugged at this time.
Let it idle for a minute, gave it some throttle, it pulls up to 4000, engages the clutch and starts to die back, chugging and sputtering a bit and then dies. Doesn't seem to want to catch itself even with feathering the throttle and the choke.
Fire it back up and if I instantly slam on the throttle it'll pull to 8000 but not if I gradually try to go there.
My thought now is the CDI, unfortunately they tell me there is no way to test a CDI. I'll check out the sled wreckers tomorrow and see what's out there.