Phil, I'm having to do some wading to figure out the issues here. Bear with me.
OK, you're running a 454 gasoline engine. Check the oil
, check the battery, check the fuel
, check the coolant
, pull it through a few times, start it gently so the oil
can catch up with you. If you did not stabilize the gas last fall, it may not be volatile enough to start, and you will need to clean it out and refill. Once started, check coolant
flow and oil pressure, and monitor
heat rise in the coolant.
. They need charging
and then testing. An old fashioned resistance tester for $25 will help, and there are newer electronic testers such as this one, which I use:
I don't know what differences there are between your house bank and your starter battery. In the general case, there is worth in keeping them separate for charging
, while retaining the ability to start the engine from the house bank if necessary. Jumper cables
will do this, or even just a cable, since the negatives are common already. If there are differences in the starter battery and the house bank, such that they have different charging routines, then separate alternators make sense. If not, or you are willing to live with the mild abuse of your batteries
, then charge them together but separate them for starting, and for that matter separate them once the starter battery is full so house use doesn't drag it down. You don't want to wake up in the morning with a totally flat system. Spoils your coffee and your day.