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Sounds like someone has changed the starter recently and they have the negative cable from the battery hooked up to the starter solenoid. You need to have the positive cable hooked to the starter solenoid not the negative cable.
Well, if your starter starts to turn when you hook the battery cable up, then you have hooked the cable to the wrong post on the starter. You have two large posts and one small post on the starter solenoid, the battery cable goes on the large post that has nothing else hooked to it. The other large post should have a large braided cable going into the starter motor housing. If the starter still will not turn the engine over when it is wired correctly then you will need to look closer at the flywheel ring gear.
Had similar draw (not alternator specific) that two auto electrical repair experts diagnosed wrong that turned out to be a stuck starer solenoid that would not full release after cranking. Cleaned the solenoid (very simple and easy) and no more draw.
It the old days, it was the one at the end of the positive battery cable. I mean the end of the positive cable that was not hooked to the positive terminal of the battery. If you have the positive cable running non-stop all the way to the starter, it is attached to the starter solenoid. The starter solenoid takes the place of the starter relay. Be blessed.
it seems like you could have the 12v power wire from the battery connected to the wrong terminal on the solenoid. or there could be a short to power in the switched power wire going to the solenoid. test the wiring, the smaller gauge wiring should have no 12v positive signal with the key not turned to the start position.
there may be a "fusible link" there where the positive cable bolts onto the solenoid, if you are LUCKY, it just melted one of these. you may just "feel"them and tell or take a test light and see if you have power where they end (a few inches down from where they are connected to the solenoid)