View single post by Greg Fletcher
 Posted: 02-20-2008 04:50 pm
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Greg Fletcher

Joined: 03-11-2005
Location: Lake Nacimiento, California USA
Posts: 426
"The previous owner said" blah, blah, blah. That's always a cause for concern. I would, at the very least, triple check whatever Previous Owner tells you and assume everything is false until proven otherwise.

Your post is missing quite a bit of info, was this the stock Lucas alternator? What model #? What happened to your plug on the harness that goes to the alternator? This should plug into the new unit the same way (thus avoiding misconnection issues). Actually nothing on the alternator goes to "indicator lights". This part of your message scares me.

To sort this out, you'll ned to replace ALL the burned wiring with correct gauge and color (it's not that hard to find). I'd start by opening up the harness and checking everything very carefully one wire at a time, sometimes wires are burned or have melted insulation and it's hard to see. I think you can most likely write off the current alternator, so I'd be looking for a stock unit that has the proper connections already installed.

The charging system on the stock cars is really very reliable and will remain so if the alternators are rebuilt correctly (usually that's not the case). Yes, you will pay more for a properly remanufactured alternator, but I find that it's money well spent. You can always convert to a US made Delco alternator. The early JH's came with a English Delco unit, which is not the same inside, but, again, properly remanufactured units will be very reliable.