So I pulled the fan/shroud assembly while I wait for the new one to arrive... and just on a whim I tried testing the fan again (connecting to battery) I got a spark.. fan didn't kick over so this intrigued me so I wiggled the fan plug a bit tried to locate any possible disconnected wire or plug.. and nope... then accidently dropped the fan while setting it down, retested and the fan kicked on.... then stopped.... I was confused... so I tried testing again and the fan would not come on... so I hit the back of the fan motor with a wrench... plugged it back in and the fan came on, shot out a bunch of black soot and remained on.. I unplugged it, plugged it back in and it remained on... unplugged it again and plugged it back in... nothing turned on.... hit it again, still nothing turned on... did get a small spark when touch the wires to the battery.... sooo I'm not sure, is this a bad fan still or is there something in the "under the hood" fuse box that might be shorting out, other than the 60 amp fuse as this is fine... reason I'm thinking the fuse is fine is because with the fuse out, then testing the plug the relay goes in I get 0 volts, plug the fuse back in test the relay and I get a contstant 12v. Again, is this the fan and its shorting out or is there something else in that "under the hood" fuse box I can test.... I did notice when the fan did kick on there was a clicking in that fuse box area.... like something was "flipping" on. ??????