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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:09 pm 
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Doing 12 volt conversion... Need a little info...
I'm inclined to have my 6 volt generator converted to 12 volt.... Can get this done for $134 dollars in Houston... is that a reasonable price?

What is the good (if any) and bad of staying with a generator vs going to an alternator?

Your help is needed on this ...

THANKS in advance,

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2010 7:53 pm 
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I prefer an alternator because its easy to get a replacement almost every where, assuming you use an over the counter alternator. Most alternators today have a built in regulator so a separate regulator is not needed. The third benefit is that the alternator provides current at lower rpm's than a generator.

I have a 54 with an alternator and a 56 Bird with a generator. Both work good. I keep the generator on the Bird because it looks more authentic, although the Bird is far from a Concours car and have changed other components so it is not altogether factory.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:26 pm 
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Paul,

Thanks for your response... from what you say about the alternator, I will probably go that way...What alternator do you have on your 54?... did you have to make special brackets or can I buy them somewhere? I am using the 239 Y-Block...

Thanks for your help

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 1:54 pm 
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The alternator I am using is off of a 1978 Camaro with A/C and a 350. That will get you a 3 wire GM 10SI, the most popular donor alternator that I found.
The bracket can be ordered from Concours or Mac's. What I did was make my own using this template:

http://www.ranchwagon.com/tech/alt/alt.htm

It is up to you, the hardware cost me around $13.00 at Home Depot vs $100+ ordering it from somewhere.

Oh, and the alternator cost me $45 + core so around $55 at Advance Auto Parts.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2010 7:15 pm 
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Thanks guys,

Jeff,

What part of Houston do you live in?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:03 am 
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I am on the west side. Hwy 6 and West Little York. You?

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A better deal than Autozone is what I use,check out www.dbelectrical.com put this in the search box: ADR0335 you have your choice of 1 wire or 3 wire 110 AMP plain finish $47.95 Chrome $57.95 these are NEW not rebuilts.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:09 am 
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Generators work very well, but do have the drawback of not charging the battery until the car gets to about 20 mph or its equivalent. Serviceability and installation of some modern components (AC and audio) are some of the reasons that people switch. You can also get a 6 volt alternator if you so desire. There are many ways to do a 6 volt to 12 volt conversion. Some special care is required if you have an original 3 speed with overdrive (probably need a 12 volt solenoid). Here is a site that talks to some of the elements of a conversion.
http://www.fifthaveinternetgarage.com/p ... azette.pdf

And here is an interesting approach where someone buries an alternator inside of an old generator case.
http://www.flatheadv8.org/Generator%20t ... rnator.pdf

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 3:41 pm 
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THANKS again to all you guys... decided from all the info that you all have provided that I am going to go with the alternator....

Jeff,

I live 2 blocks off I-10 where Shepard and Durham cross I-10...
Would like to come see your car and meet you one of these days, at your convienance.

Please let me know if this would be possible. Would not want to take up a lot of your time... My cell phone is 713-851-5484

Thanks,

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If properly set up (with an exciter wire) the alternator will charge immediately. I at first used the bracket shown above but then went to one from the air conditioning company which was a combined bracket for an alternator and an air conditioning compressor.

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