The relay below the voltage regulator is for the horn and it's just a
junction for the Pos. wire from the alternator to connect before it moves to
First of all Does your gauge work? If you turn on the headlights will the
gauge show a discharge? If it does then we can move on. Does your B+ wire
from the Alternator go to the gauge and then to the starter? That's the
proper flow of current is from the alternator to the gauge to the starter
then back to the battery.
A quick check to see if it's charging is with the car running place a
screwdriver at the back of the alternator "where the bearing cap is" the
bearing cap will be magnetized and will attract the screwdriver.
If it's not charging and you want to check if it's your regulator you can
bypass the regulator with a jumper wire from the B+ terminal on the
alternator to the F terminal on the alternator.
If you don't have a gauge and use a idiot light "can't remember my Brother
in-laws 55 Nomad, the bulb must be in working order to complete the circuit
or it won't charge either!!!
CHECK THAT BULB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
----- Original Message -----
From: Dave P <email@example.com>
To: truck list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2000 4:55 PM
Subject: [oletrucks] off-topic '55 nomad not charging
> Thanks everyone for opening this,
> I'm working on my dad's '55 Nomad with a 327 and th400. It isn't charging.
I have taken the alternator to the parts store and it checks out fine. I
have replaced the voltage regulator, the battery has a full charge on it,
I've replaced the connetion on the alternator, and cleaned the terminals.
Guess what?? it still isn't charging!!! What do it check next? Could it be
the little box below the voltage regulator? I alway thought that was the
> I'm also wondering how does the charge get from the alternator to the
battery? Through the starter?
> Please help me. We want to cruise, but don't like asking for a jump when
we shut the motor off. ---
> Dave P
> '51 project
> '53 part-time project
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