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Did you go threw the fuel pump? Is the polse line full of fuel? Is it getting too much oil? Did you clean the carbs?
for the tail light, theres 2 connections under the seat, one at the front of the seat and one where the light assembly connects to the rear of the seat. i would check for continuity between these connections. due to the age and the fact that your seat has a plywood base, not uncommon for the wires to rot out along with the wood, or even one of the connections to fail.
as for the hard start, assuming you are watching the fuel supply lines flow air bubbles, i would check the vent lines for the tank. whens the last time the filter in the fuel was replaced?
dont rule out the needle and seat in the carb as well as the choke plunger adjustment and o-rings.
kc mentioned fuel pump and pulse line, pay attention there as well. if your watching the line fill with fuel, in theory the pump is doing its job. question is where is it bleeding at?
somewhere in your fuel supply system you have a syphoning effect happening. could be the filter, could be the main fuel line attached to the filter, could be the rubber cap atop the fuel tank, something in a vent line, or a small leak in any of the hose connections.
take a straw in a soda pop for instance. if you suck through the straw the fluid flows. if you suck then plug the straw, the fluid shouldnt back flow until it gets some air. if your engine is an air pump and it creates a vacuum via the pulse hose, the draw should remain for at least a day or so, depending on how tight everything is. somewhere theres a leak or a reverse suction allowing the fuel to drain off.
back to you brake light issue, does the oil light come on when you pull the brake lever? it should. this will lead you to either the oil tank switch or the handlebar switch.