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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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Can any one tell me what I need to do to convert to a one wire alternator? I have a 69
Z and have just installed the front runner seprentine belt system on it. At the end of the project instruction it says that your car must be set up to operate on a one wire alternator.
Any information would be helpful.


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 06:27 AM
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I converted to a 1-wire alt. its pretty easy, all ya do is remove the voltage regulator, tuck the wiring harness under the fender and out of site, and just run 1 new wire from the alternator to the battery.
I donít know about your serpentine belt/pulley you would need. Thatís about it.
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I don't know for sure if this will help, but good reading anyways...

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 08:29 AM
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why would you need to use a one wire alternator for a different set of brackets?
i personally would stay away from one wire alternators. upgrade to a newer internally regulated one at least, or go find a late model CS series alt and put it in. there is a link to a very good page on the conversion in the tech reference section off the home page.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 1st, 02, 05:40 PM
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I just did this swap as well. I just cut out the voltage regulator and ran a wire to the battery. Since my battery is in the trunk though... I also jumped a wire to the horn relay so that I can use my lights and horn without having the car on.

On a charging note, I just put in a voltometer, and the one wire does not do much charging at idle... the voltage was dropping... but a touch of the throttle to about 1500rpm and boom, I'm back up to about 13 volts.
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