Well, I attempted to correct the major grounding issues on my new paint job, and looks like the charging system is non-operational now. Dead battery city!
While the car was still operational, I was seeing very high voltage, 18+V at high RPMs. Also, car would occasionally *click* once when attempting to start. A few turns of the key in the ignition back and forth, then I'd get the starter motor to turn with normal ignition.
I monkeyed with the voltage regulator, attempting to get a better ground, but may have (well, definitely have!!) screwed the charging system.
Here's where I'm at now:
Gen light still illuminates with Key on.
After jump, car runs fine, but only reads 8-10V on gauge.
Gen light goes off after starting engine (with jump).
Lights intermittently work - Maybe one, maybe both, sometimes only on high beam.
Any ideas? Also, I notice a small black cylinder, the size of a thumb, mounted on the horn relay with a strap. It has a small black wire, maybe #18 in size, that (currently) connects to the side of the voltage regulator. This is not on the wiring diagram!!! What is this thing??
Looking for any assistance to get my 69 running properly again!! If it helps, I can get a picture posted. Thanks!