I was driving around at night on a little cruise around the town enjoying the top-down nightlife. Radio on, headlights on and dashlights full.
Wasn't there a Chuck Berry song that went something like that?
This put a nice load on the battery and at the time I should of realized that my ancient alternator
You really weren't putting much of a load on your alternator & battery; other than the headlights, nothing else you mentioned draws much current. Radio, dashlights, ignition - all those are small loads. So I doubt your nightime drive had anything to do with the alternator failing.
got the alternator rebuilt. Now comes the fun after driving it for a bit it died again..... Battery sits at 12.14v and the alternator positive post sits around 9v. (Have not checked it when running at higher RPM)
Can you fill in a few gaps in the above description:
- Who rebuilt your alternator? Did they report finding any problem with it? Didn't they want to test the regulator too?
- So after the alternator was rebuilt, did it charge OK? Does the red "GEN" light go out at RPM's above idle?
- It would really help to know what the alternator output voltage is at speeds above idle.
My dad said it's a possibility that when my alternator sustained damage the voltage regulator did...
I'm not convinced that your alternator did sustain damage. But your dad is right, that if the car has charging problems, the problem could be the regulator.
the only thing that might make that statement true is that the first fuse showed a voltage that did not pass through to the other side. This fuse is labelled courtesy lights and horn relay.
Those fuses can have hard-to-see cracks, or just be corroded, and not conduct electricity. Have you tried swapping in a new fuse? The bad fuse probably is a separate issue from your battery going dead.
...it looked like the wires leading from the alternator to the fusebox were a little fried. I replaced them...
This could be the real problem. Unfortunately, the BB isn't letting me view pictures any more, so I can't see what you posted. How fried is "a little fried"? Clearly, the wire coming off the alternator shouldn't be fried at all. Has the new wire gotten fried too? A short somewhere - perhaps an intermittent short - would cause the fried wire and dead battery.