Reversed Battery Leads
My old battery was in need of replacement, and I have another coming in but in the meantime I was trying to swap in a spare from our Jeep so I can get to work tomorrow. Working in the dark, I did not realize the terminals on the battery are essentially mirrored from the previous one, and hooked them up backwards.
This doesn't seem all that rare of an occurrence, but where this gets wonky is my car has an amalgamation of original style wiring coupled with the wiring for a Duraspark II ignition.
When I hooked up the battery I noticed smoke coming from the general location of the alternator. I disconnected the leads and realized my blunder. I then correctly orientated the battery and decided to try and hook it up correctly to see if anything would work. Upon hooking up the leads correctly I was once again greeted by the smell of burning electronics, and after a few seconds a notable pop from the direction of my voltage regulator. Guessing that's toast now.
Going to wait until I have some daylight this weekend to asses what all I've fk'ed up, but does anyone have any input on what to be on the lookout for? is my alternator gonna be done for? Should this just be the final straw that makes me wrap up the inventory collection and finish up the upgrade to a modern alternator(I've had the kit sitting on the shelf for awhile now but never wanted to tear into the electronics)?