The alarm is 100% stock, by Chapman.
No power to anything whatsoever…before, or after key goes in the ignition/attempted starting…
….except for the alarm horn (horn only - just “honk, honk, honk, honk, honk” (as the horn should do -when I activate the alarm, & open any door,) but nothing else works at all (not even the flashing hazard lights that normally accompany the “honks” when the alarm is triggered.) No ignition, no dash lights, no interior lights, no exterior lights, no turn signals, no dash info/codes, no stereo, no fan, (I haven’t tried the cig lighter because I literally just thought of checking it.)
Nothing …but the alarm horn - loud, & clear.
Out of frustration; I walked/bussed to the dealership (Bill Luke) yesterday. I figured it best in person since the problem/symptoms are so unique. I could tell they were apprehensive about ‘this sweaty guy who just walked up out of nowhere -in that neighborhood’, but as soon as they realized I wasn’t panhandling, or casing the joint; they were sympathetic, helpful, & assuringly confident in their replies/instructions.
I was tutored through how to disengage/reengage the alarm (reset - basically - as I’ve been suspecting,) & how to just bypass the alarm if that doesn’t work. From what I’ve picked up; there may be some sort of anti-theft pendulum in the alarm unit -that disables ignition -after the car reaches a certain angle compared to level ground when not running (like being towed.)
Unfortunately, right now; I don’t have a safe spot to do it -upside down under the dash -with door open -legs exposed, so it’s gonna be a few days before I can try.
…but I’ll definitely post my results here -in the hopes of easing someone else’s frustrations in the future.
Her name is Dorothy.