So the block swap is leaving me with some gremlins...
Last night I took a friend to autozone to get some parts and return my axle core. I popped the hatch and forgot, I pulled the core out behind the seat. When I came out I noticed the light was on in the hatch, so I shut it. When I turned the car on the battery light came on, so I switched my X50 to read system volts, and it was fluctuating in the low to mid 11s. I haven't had time to do much with it, I drove a few minutes back to the shop and then home. I also went out once last night, a total of maybe 10 minutes driving, taking it easy on the fresh motor. Whenever I get in the car it's around 11.6V, and it doesn't change much running.
I drove over to class tonight, and it was the same, but when I left, I started the car up and it was fine at 14.7V or whatever. On the way home, it dropped again, the battery light came on, and the voltage got too low for the X50 to read (I think below 10.6V). Something smelled like electrical fire/cooking, so I drove right to the shop, maybe 1/2 mile away, and pulled in, turned the car off, grabbed a fire extinguisher and sweated for a few. The X50 now reads 11.2 and the starter is very slow, slower than usual with that voltage.
So I couldn't get it to start again. I checked the connections to the alternator, and the positive battery cables, everything is fine, no breaks, no hot wires. I took the battery out and it's charging, I want to start it and see if I can located the short or whatever. The alternator is about a year and a half old from NAPA, it's never given me any problems before. All engine grounds are solid and in good condition.