it was NOT the alternator!
"...And there was much rejoicing" *
dad decided that it was probably the battery connections...so he replaced those and now it should be good. time will tell.
"Time is a slow sword that can pierce any armor..." **
*Monty Pothon and The Holy Grail
** The Normals-Don't Hold Back
ps....no idea why i've suddenly fallen in love with The Normals lyrics all over again....i'd actually completely forgoten that i have two of their albums.