Something is confusing. There has to be a pile of current if it melted the parking brake cables. Did you actually see them smoking or could rust have built up causing the casings to become shredded? The cables would connect the drive train to the frame but electrically those would be very poor connections. Starter current wouldn't make it through those cables but that is the only thing that can draw that much current.
Since the starter is working properly, everything on the engine should be able to be eliminated. That leaves the things grounded to the body. That would be the fuel pump, head lights, heater fan, and wiper motor as the biggest draws. Have you found anything that isn't working?
Friday, February 18th, 2011 AT 3:40 AM