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Old 12-05-2012, 02:27 PM
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Alternator bracket

I had time in the shop last night so I made this bracket to change over to an alternator. I have the generator but I'm not sure it's working. I know the alternators good and the backet only took me 1/2 hour to make.

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You just got to love all the room the straight 6's have to work with.
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Alternator is a better charging device. And if the gen hasn't been used in a while you'd need to flash the field to bring it back to life. Many old airplanes still use generators because of the paperwork and cost involved with making the change. Many guys only fly their birds once a year. Guarantee they need their gen flashed.
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Alternator is a better charging device. And if the gen hasn't been used in a while you'd need to flash the field to bring it back to life. Many old airplanes still use generators because of the paperwork and cost involved with making the change. Many guys only fly their birds once a year. Guarantee they need their gen flashed.
Are you referring to "Polarizing", a generator! That only involves disconnecting the field wire and the battery wire from the genny and touching them together momentarily without the engine running. Not really that big a deal.
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Are you referring to "Polarizing", a generator! That only involves disconnecting the field wire and the battery wire from the genny and touching them together momentarily without the engine running. Not really that big a deal.
Same difference. Us A&P mechs use different terminology, so peeps won't notice us dragging our knuckles on the ground.
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Don't need to "flash" an alternator. Is that a Cheby alternator? Ford's S3 is much superior and only requires one extra wire from the ignition switch "on" source. Plus the regulator and brushes are accessible from the outside if they ever need serviced.
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Don't need to "flash" an alternator. Is that a Cheby alternator? Ford's S3 is much superior and only requires one extra wire from the ignition switch "on" source. Plus the regulator and brushes are accessible from the outside if they ever need serviced.
Correct. But I've seen peeps try and screw up a perfectly good alt. I've also seen gens discarded that were perfectly good. As far as alt choice, it's a matter of preference. I've also made the mistake of installing a 'one wire' GM alt without the needed diode block, etc. mods needed to have it work correctly. But my Ford 9N tractor charges well after the conversion. I 86'ed the gen because it sits all winter. I just want the dang thang to start and charge the batt when it's time to start mowing my 13 acres.
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