Originally Posted by Steptoe
I just use one off 70s chevies...
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;