Well l did jump the switches and found they were operational but the system was still not charging.
Thats when the work
begins...l knew l had a good regulator and a good alternator so it was down to wiring
defects and the tedious job of checking continuity on all wires and indicators.
My 12 v source from the ignition switch to the alternator was showing no continuity so l ran a jumper from the ig switch to the alt and it began charging so l had found the problem but not yet the cause of the problem.
The wire was incorporated into an instrument cluster harness that was connected to a main harness ( where btw the coded wire l was tracing started out as Black/White then white/red in the main harness and back to black/red at the charging/starter harness) so l traced it looking for wear spots and obvious indications.
Short version...a pin in the connector of two of the three harnesses was retracted not making contact with the female portion...simple but not obvious on first inspection
...l was looking more for corrosion/connecion failure.
So l now have invested in a backup smart regulator seeing as that was not the issue the old regulator works fine.
Just a note on the installation
...my original setup was using a Powerline Alternator and an Aqualine Regulator and they were paired up perfectly...l was unable to obtain a replacement Aqualine Regulator as they were redesigning their electronics
to update the reg so l had to purchase
Reg (the original part # MC-612 but now MC-614) and had to rewire a harness as the two Manufacturers do not use similar connections. l found the Balmar
was not a good fit with the Powerline Alternator..it required a bit of force for the connector to "snap in".
It seemed to fit ok on my initial installation
but l soon discovered it was not making a sound connection.
Thanks for all that replied and hope others may learn from my experiences.