Ok, I replaced the pos battery cable and engine to chassis ground. Then I tested in the 20 volt DC range as follows.
Battery pos to neg no load= 12.77 volt
battery pos to neg in run = 12.77 volt
battery neg to engine in run = 12.77 volt
battery neg to engine in start = 0.05 volt
battery neg to solenoid in run = 12.77 volt
battery neg to solenoid in start = 12.77 volt
starter to solenoid in run =.01 volt
Funny thing, the new cables made it worse, when I tried to start it went to zero on the trucks gauge and stayed there. When I opened the door to shut off the ignition that was in run. The fuel pump started running. Then a few minutes later, I was re-testing while my wife held the key in start, I touched the neg lead of the meter to the battery neg. And the positive lead to the block. The flashers came on and acc. Started working, the volt meter in the truck was pulsing with the flasher. They went off again when I tried to start it again. I have another complete under the hood harness, I'm about ready to change it, this is making me nuts.
The engine never does crank at all, the solenoid does not even click for the most part, maybe one click out of every ten attempts. And the voltmeter in the truck always drops from 14 volt to zero.
One other thing that I never considered til now, because I'm grabbing at straws, the air bag system has been completely disabled.
Thursday, April 9th, 2009 AT 2:27 PM