Your comments are very encouraging. Maybe finding a new regulator won't be a
horror show after all. I have been told that my car is actually a 1966
(e.g., single brake system) even though the id plate has 1967 stamped on it.
But after reading your email, I went back to the manual and found that there
are two schematics, one for earlier models and one for later models. They
show a subtle difference in the regulator symbol. The earlier one includes
little circles that could mean screw terminals and the later one does not
have these circles. But there is only one regulator photo and it clearly
shows six (not four like I said before) screw terminals. The schematic also
indicates six connections.
The manual I have is:
"Datsun 311 1600/2000 Sports Car"
"tune-up and maintenance guide"
It has no date, but it mentions the "new" SP(L)311. It covers "1600 and 2000
models through 1970".
It has that classic typewriter look and the grammar is very poor in some
areas indicating that it was probably a very early translation. But I'm sure
an experienced mechanic would have no problems with it. And the diagrams are
excellent! I think it came with the car.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Walter" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, November 30, 2001 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: Chandler Parade Details - DEC 1st 4:00pm
> [Note reply was only sent to the Roadster List]
> I would expect to find a regulator with six blade connections
> on the '66 roadster (almost all of the roadster used the
> same regulator).
> Only time I remember seeing the four terminal regulators are
> on the really early GENERATOR fitted vehicles. Been a while
> since I've seen one.
> The six bladed regulators are very common across all the
> Datsun's of that time period. The roadster didn't have
> a "ALT" lamp like the 410/411 & 510's of the period,
> yet used the same voltage regulator. A portion of the
> regulator (coil driven by the "N" winding) isn't really
> used by the roadster!
> Often overlooked: the voltage regulator is to just
> turn the field winding on and off. So the regulator only
> handles a few amps of current. Just a on/off function
> depending on the battery voltage.
> What service manual are you using?
> Tom Walter
> Chris Doutre wrote:
> > Ron,
> > Thanks. I think that's definitely a good strategy. However, I first have
> > figure out what the PO did. This regulator setup does not match the
> > so I assume there was an upgrade of some kind made in the past. Instead
> > the 4 screw terminals mentioned in the manual, this regulator has a
> > six-blade connector. It says Borg Warner on the cover. Hopefully my "one
> > dollar" fix won't bite me before I get home tomorrow night.
> > Chris
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