Originally Posted by machineguy
Honestly I'm not sure how, or if, my battery is being charged.
I just bought the car a few weeks ago. It's a new restoration. When they delivered it it started right up on the transporter. I drove it about two miles and parked it in my garage. Couple days later started it and drove a couple miles again. When I tried starting it the third time a couple days later the batt was dead. Figured it was just from setting. Took the battery to the local Advanced Auto and they said the battery was good just needed charged. Had'em charge it and the car started fine. Took it to storage and haven't started it since. I'm going to have to look at the info in the link you provided and then look at the car's wiring. Thank for the help.
OK. Here's a quick check that you can do with even the cheapo Harbor Freight meter. Set your DVM to the 20 VDC scale and clip the leads on the battery; red to plus, and black to negative. The meter should read around 12 volts. Leaving the meter hooked up, start the car. The meter should jump to around 14 volts.
If not, there is no output from the alternator to the battery. Check the voltage at the output of the alternator; if that's OK, then try to check the path to the battery.
A possible solution would be that the fusible link in the charge path from the alternator to the battery is missing. If it is, somebody might be able to help with the size of the fusible link; it's not given on the diagram. Another would be that a wire is simply not hooked up.
Here's hoping that this will solve your problem.