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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: casselberry, fl
Alternator choice ? VR715 voltage regulator?
I have had the same parts store 37 amp alternator on my '68 for many, many years. It's pretty ratty looking now and since it's not the original, I would just as soon buy a new one rather than go through the trouble of cleaning and detailing it to make it look new.
I want to stay with an externally regulated original looking alternator with the voltage regulator on the core support......Also, I want to convert to a Wells VR715 solid state voltage regulator.
I do not have AC and the only electrical accessory I am adding to an otherwise factory stock electrical set up is having my stock AM radio converted to AM/FM with the 180 watt amplifier.
With those things in mind, am I still good with a 37 amp alternator or do I need more amps?
How important is the clock position of the wiring harness plug receptacle? The original position is 3:00. I see some alternators out there where it is the 12:00 position. Does it make a difference as long as the wires reach?
Also, I see on the Autozone website in the specs for the VR715, it says "Except 62 amp." So is there a limit as to how many amps the VR715 can handle?
1968, 327 210 HP, Power Steering, Power Disc Brakes, Custom Interior, 4 Speed, Console, Gauges, Tilt Wheel, Speed Warning, Fiber Optics, 10 Bolt 3.55 Posi Rear end......Owned since 1978.