B20B EK electical issues

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So I finally have all the mechanical stuff out of the way. I hooked up *most* of the wiring harness (no o2 sensors because i have no exhaust on it yet, reverse lights not hooked up, but everything to make it run is in place, I think). I drop the battery in and turn the key for the first time - NOTHING! Not even the lights turn on. I thought the battery might be dead, so I charged it and tried again - same thing. Got the volt meter out and it has 11ish volts, until I hook up the positive terminal, and it drops to 8 volts. There is a ground somewhere, but I haven't the first clue where to look. Any suggestions?
 

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You should have the ground for the battery, one off the valve cover, one of the thermostat housing, and one off the transmission.
 
I put new grounds on the car and now I can hook the positive cable and there is no voltage drop. But as soon as I touch the negative cable, the voltage drops to about 1 volt. ?????
 
Found it - starter wire was grounding on the starter. It now will turn over, but not stay running.

Now time for yet another adventure in the never ending saga, "Swap Hell"
 
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