An even easier solution is to use a single wire internally regulated delco
alternator. You can buy them anywhere, and you just run the hot wire from
alternator to battery, nothing else. But once you have a new alternator
installed, why is getting another one on short notice such a worry? I
usually get 3-4 years out of an alternator on a jeep, and the only reason it
fails that fast is the winch puts a tremendous load on it.
From: Graziano, Michael [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2001 8:38 AM
To: 'Bill Gunshannon'; Mike Nelson
Subject: RE: GM Alternator Conversion
So that god forbid my alternator goes on the side of the highway again, I
can get a replacement at Tom and Joe's Auto Parts in a hour.
"Hi. I need an alternator for a '78 LeSabre. GM part number DP7172-12.
It's a 60 amp double pulley alternator with a 12 o'clock wiring position.
You have it? In stock? Excellent. Here's my cash?"
Pretty easy. Or would you rather:
"Hi. I need an alternator for a '78 Triumph Spitfire. No, triumph is the
make. Spitfire is the model. No not the plane. It's a '78. No. I said
NOT THE PLANE. I know you don't have plane parts. It's a car from Britian.
Yes, it was once a regularly imported car. Yes, even though it's not in
the computer it does exist. Don't you have the old parts books? "What's a
parts book?" you say... AArghh.. How about a '78 MG Midget? Is that in
the computer? No, I'm not calling you short. THat's it. Where's your
manager? You're the manager? You're like, 16. Fine. Where's the nearest
Then later "Hi. Moss? I need an alternator overnight to bumblefuck,
America. No overnight there, you say...."
You get the idea? I once had my mother drive 3 hours to bring me my spare
alternator b/c I was stuck in a roadside shop on the NJ turnpike on a
Saturday night. While waiting, I looked on the shelf and saw a GM 7172
alternator sitting there... (I was already considering the converion and
remembered the #'s.)
From: Bill Gunshannon [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Why do people rewire their cars to use a kludged non-Lucas alternator
when Delco has an alternator designed for the Spitfire?? I'm planning
on dumping my Lucas this spring when the weather gets good enough to
get back to working on the car in the driveway.
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