This is interesting, and brings up a good point. I just thought it was
normal for me to lose voltage while idling at around 900 rpm on my old
"dynamo". I don't have a stereo, so the only thing noticable is the blinkers
slowing and dim lights. I also assumed it was a generator and not an
alternator, but now that I've looked at the Haynes it seems all neg earth
cars had alternators. Now I'm confused. It's probably the original part,
still holding its own except for these symptoms.
I seek the wisdom of the list...any thoughts on my (more than likely) '73
dynamo? Replace the brushes? I did this once on my VW bug (generator), but
I've learned my toy is a different B-reed altogether!
From: Douglas Gaither <email@example.com>
To: Dan Ray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, April 09, 1998 2:44 PM
Subject: RE: Mark I
>My dad also has a stock '73, but his does not exibit this trait. I wonder
>what would cause that? Maybe your alt is not putting out enough juice?
>Voltage regulator? Dunno! But I just hope I don't screw something up and
>it happens to my car!
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Dan Ray [mailto:email@example.com]
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 08, 1998 4:02 PM
>> To: Douglas Gaither
>> Subject: Re: Mark I
>> Sorry, I had to laugh at this. My stock '73 does the blinker thing...I
>> thought it was just so we could blip the throttle at stoplights (to keep
>> blinker going) and annoy our fellow drivers!
>> Luckily mine is neg. earth so this is not enough of a reason for me to go
>> the alt. Until it conks out, that is.
>> And the blinkers can blink slower or faster depending on
>> >the engine speed. I am am planning on running halogen lights and
>> >a modern moderately powered stereo so the extra juice would not hurt.
>> >I probably don't really NEED an alternator, but the ignition light and
>> >blinker issue would drive me nuts! >
>> >Doug Gaither