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If Moyer's out of your range, there are some salvage yards in FL. You'd have to do some searching and calling around.
It sounds to me like you should pull the motor, get it on a stand and start a rebuild. If you can handle it yourself and the block / pistons are in good shape, you'll be out a less than a grand (plus head and manifold) and have something you can trust.
If you can't handle it, a good mechanic (not marine, those guys like to charge) should be able to do a tear down and buildup for less than another grand, assuming you pull it and drop it off at their shop.
It's just an old gas motor. So, there isn't anything fancy about it. Any tractor or otherwise motor builder will be able to rebuild it. Trying to buy a cheap second hand motor is likely to leave you in just about the same place.