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I am looking to install a new alternator. I will be ordering the front light wire harness and let them know I want to convert to a Internal Regulated alternator. Which alternator should I use? Where to get it? Local Autozone, Pep Boys? Thanks
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CS 130. Autozone, Advance, etc.

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according to this tech ref article, one that will fit is for an 88 Olds Firenza
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I went through this recently, and I found that the prices at the chain stores weren't as cheap as they used to be...they are also such as hassle to deal with when you have to do things like try to find a listing with the clock position you want, etc.

I got my CS 130 from Motor City Reman http://www.motorcityreman.com/

http://www.motorcityreman.com/high-a...-units-gm.html

Motor City is on ebay as well. The guy was great to deal with, and the alternators are built to order instead of getting beaten around by some counter guy and sitting on a shelf for 2 years.

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I just use one off 70s chevies.
Get at least a 64amp preferably bigger if u run acessories

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I just use one off 70s chevies...
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Those are the older "SI" type units (10SI & 12SI) and they are usually good units - but the newer "CS" series of alternators are even better.

I agree that the 'Auto-Cheapo' units have gotten more expensive - and I had a bad streak with them failing very soon and often on several different occations that turned me off them.
I find all of both units I want and need at the local Pick-N-Pull places around here. They cost me @$20~25 each and I haven't gotten one yet that didn't work.
There are so many GM models in the yards that if you just look for a decently maintained vehicle (that ended up in there because of a wreck) they are fine. I got one a year or so ago from a late model Buick with under 20k miles on it - still works just fine,
Look for the upper model Olds, Buicks and Cads - they almost always have a High-Amp unit. Actually, most of the mid model Olds usually have the same or near output - guess it limited the parts they needed to keep around?
Try to trace the wiring back a few feet and cut it off too - they don't charge you extra for it...
Also check out - http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...hreewire.shtml - for installation kits and supplies.
I rebuild all my own units as need with parts from a local NAPA store. Usually need bearings and brushes to refresh - I've only had one or two bad regulators and a bad stator. Just went and got another unit from the 'P-N-P' to use as a parts donor

Hope this gives you some options;
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Those are the older "SI" type units (10SI & 12SI) and they are usually good units - but the newer "CS" series of alternators are even better.
What makes them better? Like u I pick up a 2nd hand one, new parts..bearings etc...while dismantlesd polish the housing...They last for yrs, replaced my last one last yr, after 20yrs.
There is a thread a couple month ago re how to polish...its cheaper and easier than u think.
There is a comment above re off set...this is the postion of where the front housing is bolted onto the main case

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