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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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Sure enough,I had the blue and white wires backwards on my alternator. I drove it for awhile, and it was still showing an output of about 12volts on my tester, even with the wires backwards. I promptly changed them...while the car was running since my battery was getting low...obviously because I had driven it without an alternator and my tester must not be too 'smart'.

In doing the wire switch, I must've grounded out something by accident, or somehow damaged the alternator, as now it's not giving me a charging reading at all, nada, nothing, zippo.

Should I rebuild my alternator, as it's an original style one, or can I get one rebuilt cheap somewhere, or should I go with a newer 1 wire style or chrome one....

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 07:13 AM
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Man you're having some bad luck. Rebuilt ones are readily available, I bought one last year. If it's original to the car have it rebuilt. Take it to one of the parts stores that can/are willing to test it for you. You may have fried the regulator instead. Could be a good opportunity to switch to a one wire. There's lots of info to read about that swap.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 09:24 AM
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Damn Josh if you had any worse luck.. you would um be ME lol well the good news is your engine still works unlike ME lol ... what do you want josh? thats the question.. sounds to me that you have an original looking alternator which to me says looks original but isn't.. if that is the case .. Do you want a nice shiney one wire chrome one? Do you have the bucks for it? Or do you want your engine compartment to look fairly original or like a pretty show and shine machine? I personally like originality (or at least original looking) but this is a decision that only you can make. hopefully you experience better luck in the near future!

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Sep 10th, 04, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Bad luck has been my fortune lately. Not thrilled, but I'm trying to persevere. The car is very far from stock, so originality doesn't concern me. I just want whatever I get to work and look okay. This one was crusty till I painted it, but worked great until I fried something...and melted part of my timing light which fell onto my newly ceramic coated headers while I was dinking around with the alternator...duhoh. I have bits and pieces of chrome, billet, etc. so chrome would be cool, but not necessary. I have lots of cast aluminum under there too, so the standard finish is fine by me.

Did I mention that my haromonic balancer is wobbly and my timing cover leaks? Time to replace even more parts and do things a 3rd or 4th time. Guess you have to learn somehow.

Did I mention I'm selling it! Hahaha
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