Here is a letter sent to me by G Cook about the problems of not doing
your negative ground conversion properly!
Here it is:
Boy, I must have done it wrong. First, my windshield wipers started
running in reverse: forth and back!. Then I found I could only drive
during the day because my headlights come on only when I brake (I have
to use the headlamp switch to light the brakes). On the plus side, the
heater started sucking the heat out of the car: air conditioning at
last!. The battery goes dead while driving, since the dynamo is acting
as the motor, but will self recharge overnight if I leave the brake
lights on. I have to hook up a spring on the starter knob to keep it
pulled out any time I'm not driving, otherwise it self starts. I have
to siphon out gas every couple hundred miles because the fuel pump runs
in reverse and keeps filling up the tank. I can't use the cigar lighter
without risking frostbite. If I get tired while driving, I pull over,
pull out the starter knob, turn on the overhead light to darken the
interior, tape down the horn button to make it quiet and snooze away.
Oh, yes: the radio only plays country/western now!
On Sat, 06 Nov 1999 11:10:45 -0800 Glen <email@example.com> writes:
>A question to the list,
>I've completed the conversion to negative ground as per the excellent
>instructions put forth by Frank Clarici. Mitsubishi alternator,
>3/8 bolt etc. All wires joined as directed. While I wait for
>a new part for my starter, I have time to wonder why the starter
>doesn't run backwards after the conversion. I remember as a kid that
>the little DC motors in toys all ran backwards when polarity was
>reversed. Is this not so with the starter, and if not, WHY?
>I realize that if the wiper motor runs backwards it won't make any
>difference in function, but not so for the heater blower and
> Glen Byrns