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Re: [oletrucks] Alternator vs. generator

To: "G. Simmons" <gls@4link.net>, "Ken Deffenbach" <kdfnbc@gate.net>,
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Alternator vs. generator
From: "william moldenhauer" <wmh678@worldnet.att.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 16:45:54 -0600
why not use the dodge alternator?
bill 53-3600 hot rod
-----Original Message-----
From: G. Simmons <gls@4link.net>
To: Ken Deffenbach <kdfnbc@gate.net>; Charles Culver <sculver@iwl.net>
Cc: oletrucks@autox.team.net <oletrucks@autox.team.net>
Date: Saturday, November 20, 1999 1:46 AM
Subject: Re: [oletrucks] Alternator vs. generator

>>>Is there any advantage to an alternator over a generator, and how does
>go about making the change?
>Hi Smokey,
>When I changed my '54 3100 to 12 volts, I used an alternator at first,
>fed up just then with the stock 6 volt system.   I followed the simple
>instructions on the back of  Patrick's catalogue, and it worked fine.
>Later, when I decided to put in a new wiring harness, I changed back to a
>volt generator in order to make it closer to stock.  I didn't have too many
>misgivings about this because I have a '55 Buick that has run just fine
>a generator for many years, drawing a lot more amps than a truck.
>In fact, the generator works great in my truck, perhaps in part because it
>has no overdrive, so the rpms tend to keep it charging.  But whatever the
>reason, it gives no trouble, and it looks better to me than a modern GM
>alternator, which, in my opinion, is about the ugliest, most misshapen
>Detroit ever tacked on an engine.  I'm not being reactionary here.  I think
>the alternator in my '98 Dodge Ram 1500 is pretty cool looking, sort of
>a miniature radial airplane engine...
>If you're contemplating an electrical system redo, let me put in a word for
>a new wiring harness.  These trucks are so simple that it's not an ordeal
>do.  I think that trying to work with a cracked, dirty 50-year-old wiring
>harness with broken and rusty connectors is asking for headaches.  Having a
>new one makes a noticable difference.  Another advantage is that if you go
>to an alternator, you can get a harness designed for it, so you don't have
>bunch of dead-end wires where the regulator used to be.
>Grant S. gls@4link.net
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