I sent you a PM.
Are you telling us the builder ONLY connected the (-) terminal of the battery to a bolt lug on the engine? Please confirm...
Retired Firmware Guy and Airplane Builder
2020 RV-14 QB -- Under construction - Tailcone & Empennage Complete.
2018 RV-7 QB -- Built, Flying
2007 RV-7 QB -- Built, Drowned, Resurrected and flying
1998 RV-8 QB -- Started, Sold
1986 Mooney 205SE
1980 Mooney 231
Aided and abetted building a number of other RV's.