In a message dated 11/20/99 12:46:54 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
<< >>Is there any advantage to an alternator over a generator, and how does
go about making the change? >>
In the early '80's, we redid a 61 Corvair Lakewood station wagon, which we
then drove 130,000 miles in about 6 years, much of that interstate driving so
the rev's were pretty high. . .don't remember if it had a 3.55 or 3.89
It started out with a generator, but we were having a problem with excessive
brush wear even with having a shop doing a rebuild that specialized in
off-normal automotive and industrial applications. . .and yes, they knew old
style generators well and were very careful with the commutator rework. I
finally gave up and went to an alternator and never had trouble again.
I intend to start the Sub out on the original generator but expect that I may
have to swap to an alternator here too as the use will be similar.
For low mileage rates and moderate speeds, a generator is fine; for very high
mileage rates and high interstate speeds, they seem to wear out too quickly.
. .at least for me they did.
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