I got cold just reading that! As to the lights, I was going to say it was
the voltage regulator. I had mine go out on my '84 300ZX turbo. It blew
out both high beams and made everything really bright for a few seconds at a
time. I never noticed the dash ammeter fluctuating, but it did jump up to
about 18V when I hooked up my voltimeter and it did its thing. I don't know
if there's a separate voltage regulator on the Roadsters, but I had to
replace the whole alternator on the 300 (regulator was internal). The other
scenario that I can think of is the brightness you are seeing is the proper
brightness of a healthy electrical system. In this case, you need to find
out if you have a loose ground connection somewhere. I would get out your
voltimeter and hook it up to the electrical system and try to duplicate the
"bright light" scenario and see what the voltage is doing. Good luck! Just
be glad it's not a Lucas system. LOL!
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of O'Farrell,
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 9:09 AM
Subject: brisk morning ride, lights surging brite??
Hey gang, I hauled the car out for a morning drive to work, been about 2
months, but it started right up and purred like always. (~40 degF and 75-80
mph, all my coworkers asking about the red ears!) Its' version of "scolding
me" is that the clock gains ~ 2 minutes per day when the car isn't used, so
every time I get in I reset the clock and can tell how long it has been.
Today it was ~ 100 minutes off, so I took that as being scolded for neglect.
One thing I noticed. I wasn't sure at first, but thought I saw surging of
the lites, headlamps only, somewhat related to the bumps on the freeway. A
couple of times I could have sworn the high beams blinked on. Then, when I
pulled off onto the offramp, everything got REAL BRITE, including all the
dash lites. I pushed in the clutch so that I was back to idle, and they
stayed that way, for a few seconds, then blinked back to normal (which is
any ideas to start my quest?
note: stock elec set-up, no relays, always get the typical dimming when
brake lites come on at idle. No dramatic reaction from Ammeter to any of
this, well, I am not positive about that, could have been, as I was
cornering and couldn't put my head down there. Fergus O, glad to be 'back
in the saddle', 69 2000, HB, CA