here is a crazy one for ya...reconnected the choke linkage that had fallen off, turned the key, started and ran (very good) for 10 seconds, then died. Tried to start again, dead battery...0.7 VDC. Hooked up battery charger, shorted out. Took negative cable off, charger was fine...touched neg cable to battery and...POW...okay, direct short. Found fusible link from Alternator blown. Replaced link, hooked everything up one at a time (and tested). All good. Wierd.