Johnson 40 outboard stops when put into forward or reverse

by Rey Gabas
(Victoria BC Canada)

Recently got a second hand boat. The Johnson 40 outboard starts when in neutral but stops when shifted to forward or reverse and will kick back on when shifted back to neutral. Also the propeller isn't spinning in forward or reverse but does freely spin in neutral. Is this a shifter or drive shaft problem and what can be done to fix it?

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