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1968 voltage regulator question

I have a 68 camaro with what appears to be the original voltage regulator. I am upgrading the engine compartment with lots of chrome. I bought a chrome voltage regulator from Ricks; but when I put it on the battery is not charging. I put the old one back on and the battery is charging just fine. I know its possible to get a bad regulator but is there a way that I check the new one with a meter before sending it back to Ricks.
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Re: 1968 voltage regulator question

if your old one works fine why not swap covers and call it done?

If you do want a new regulator, get a wells vr715 from autozone. This is an elevtronic replacement for the stock mechanical regulator. you can use the chroime cover on it, too.





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Re: 1968 voltage regulator question

The old one has rivets holding the cover on but I guess I can drill them out and swap covers as you suggested. Or would I be better off replacing the old regulator since it is old. (yes it does still work good).
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Or would I be better off replacing the old regulator since it is old. (yes it does still work good).
Thanks Jim for the quick reply
I would just convert to a internally regulated alternator if you are going to replace anything. Very easy to do. Only reason to keep the external charging system is if it already works or its a 100% correct car.

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If the one from Rick's doesn't work, I would send it back. If your old one is working and the new one does not, you can safely say that you got a bad regulator from ricks. Get another one from Rick's with a chrome cover and keep your old one as a spare.

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Did you change over the the ground wire from the older regulator to the new regulator chassis?

Regulators are rubber mounted and require a ground strap on one stud or a separate black ground wire. Usually, new regulators do not come with the ground wire and do not come with the radio interference filter (the round condensor).

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