I've been interested in the various reports of experience with generators.
Those inclined to keep the generator, assuming it functions adequately,
should also keep in mind that there are different kinds of generators.
One source I read on 12 volt conversions recommended using a Cadillac
generator because they put out higher amps than those used in other GM
models. This might resolve some of the concern over charging during in-town
In addition, the generator may not be the culprit at all. It may be putting
out enough amps to charge the battery, but if the regulator is set too low,
the cut-out switch won't allow proper charging.
Grant S. email@example.com
From: MarkNoakes@aol.com <MarkNoakes@aol.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, November 20, 1999 7:47 AM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Alternator vs. generator
>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
>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
>brush wear even with having a shop doing a rebuild that specialized in
>off-normal automotive and industrial applications. . .and yes, they knew
>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
>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
>mileage rates and high interstate speeds, they seem to wear out too
>. .at least for me they did.
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