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After I brought the car home the other day, when I pulled up to the garage to open the door, I heard this sound that sounded like a small engine running, opened the hood and the voltage regulator was clicking that fast. the only way to stop it was to pull the battery cable. I messed with it a little and when I touched it, it grounded to the radiator and started stopped clicking. My question... is the volatge regulator suppose to have a ground wire attached to the radiator support? I know it is mounted in well nuts so I thought is is suppose to be insulated from the rad support. Help...

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I dont have a 68 but Im pretty sure it should have a ground wire.

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Yes, just look at the voltage regulator and you'll see a small screw hole around the base.....This is where you attach the ground wire with a screw, and the other side grounds to the radiator support.....I don't believe this is the problem, however, I could be wrong!.....Just purchase either another mechanical or an electronic one.
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I don't wanna mess this one up. Original to the car and a nos or restored one cost hundreds! I did see the small screw hole in the base of the regulator.

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Then perhaps you could remove the cover and clean up and reset the points in there.
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My question... is the volatge regulator suppose to have a ground wire attached to the radiator support? I know it is mounted in well nuts so I thought is is suppose to be insulated from the rad support. Help...
Yes, VR chassis should be grounded so it will be at the same reference point as the alternator case.

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the points stuck is what I think is wrong now. Here is where Im at now. I grounded the regulator chassis and the clicking stopped but I got in the car and the generator light was on very bright without the key in the switch. I took the ground back off of the regulator, clicking started back so I unhooked the 2 wire plug from the back of the alternator and the clicking stopped then too. So you think the points are stuck?

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I don't wanna mess this one up. Original to the car and a nos or restored one cost hundreds! I did see the small screw hole in the base of the regulator.
May need to send it to Pirkle for restoration.

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replace it with Wells 715 electronic regulator and no more points. Your old cap will go right over the Wells unit to make it look original too. Dont mess with those old points. Replace it.

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C'mon Click. Nothing looks better than to see that date code on the regulator when you pop the hood. They work fine when the are working correctly.

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C'mon Click. Nothing looks better than to see that date code on the regulator when you pop the hood. They work fine when the are working correctly.
I disagree. I couldn't get my old school points regulator to maintain the charge in my maitenance free battery. When I set it up high enough to keep the battery charged the points would stick when I shut the car off and drain the battery. If I set it to not stick the alternator would not support the load of the heater and lights. My cure was to replace the alternator with a internal regulated one. YMMV

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Well there is somethings to consider here. Ive tried to keep every part that is original to the car on it or in it. And to preserve all of the car as possible. Some things I have done is take out the 170 distributor and use a similar one with breakerless system, got the DZ carb on the shelf and using another holley, same with the 37amp alternator. Maybe I should just keep the VR on the shelf with the correct stuff and put in a modern one to take the car to cruise-in's. Maybe go ahead and send this one to Pirkle this winter.

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Maybe I should just keep the VR on the shelf with the correct stuff and put in a modern one to take the car to cruise-in's. Maybe go ahead and send this one to Pirkle this winter.

That sounds like an excellent plan!.....It's too bad you can't repair it yourself and save some $$.....Get the maintenance free, electronic voltage regulator for trouble free operation!
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Well there is somethings to consider here. Ive tried to keep every part that is original to the car on it or in it. And to preserve all of the car as possible. Some things I have done is take out the 170 distributor and use a similar one with breakerless system, got the DZ carb on the shelf and using another holley, same with the 37amp alternator. Maybe I should just keep the VR on the shelf with the correct stuff and put in a modern one to take the car to cruise-in's. Maybe go ahead and send this one to Pirkle this winter.
I hope you kept the 180 distributor. Why not put all the stuff back on and make it correct? What does the 837 alternator hurt? I have been using a restored regulator for most of a year now w/o a problem. If it is done right there is no problem.

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replace it with Wells 715 electronic regulator and no more points. Your old cap will go right over the Wells unit to make it look original too. Dont mess with those old points. Replace it.
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