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Old 11-06-2006, 04:47 PM
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I am pretty sure my generator died, it wasn't doing the job anyway...

I have a mount ordered to mount the alternator, but I know nothing about what it takes to convert over to an alternator. I looked around some on the internet. Didn't really find anything I liked.

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Old 11-06-2006, 10:43 PM
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Default RE: So, any helpful sites on going from Gen to Alt?

There are a lot of posts about this on this site. Do a search for "alternator." Include the archived files. There are brackets that are sold for this conversion.

If you want the look of an generator with the workings of an alternator, Powergen makes such a device: http://www.powermastermotorsports.com/powergen.html

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Old 11-07-2006, 12:30 PM
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is this what you have used ? Does it hook right up on the same gen bracket ?
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I have not used it, but when when my generator goes, I plan to try it. It is the same dimensions as the genrator, so mounting it should be no problem.

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Old 11-07-2006, 05:14 PM
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I converted to an alternator and I can tell you that I ran into a problem with the aftermarket bracket. I bought the proper bracket, but the not converversation kit, so I had to fabricate a back support. There is one company that sells a true conversation kit.

The bracket alone won't do the trick, unless you have a block newer than 63, I think. If I wouldn't seen the Powergen sooner, I may have tried that route all the benefits of the alternator but the cool old look of the original.

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http://www.powermastermotorsports.co...GENswingMt.jpg
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It is cool, and you no longer need to worry about that electromechanical voltage regulator.

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so what do you do with the old regulator? do you bypass it somehow or is it still hooked up thru the system?
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The regulator is essentally bypassed. The hard part with a one-wire alternator is that you need to wire in the generator indicator
light and a resistor. If you do not have this, the indicator light won't work and worse the alternator will not charge until you first hit about 1100 rpm. Auto Restorer magazine ran an article on this a couple of years back. I assume the Powergen alternators come with instructions for the conversion.



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If it were you. I have ordered a re manufactured Gen. Mainly because I don't know the condition of the current one. I do have to put the charger on the battery at times and experience dim lights as well as dimming lights when using turn signals or other electrical systems. Before I put this new Gen on what would you do. Send it back and convert to alternator? Im not worried about keeping her factory but I am also not sure what Alt to get for the 61 tbird.
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If you are not concerned with originality then an alternator is the way to go. Does you car have any power options like windows, seats, A/C. If not then a standard Ford 1G alternator 65 amps will work just fine. You can get them just about anywhere for $40-45. Add another $25 for a voltage regulator. The wiring is fairly easy. The mounting brackets are pretty easy to find. If you have power options then a 100 amp alternator would be better. Any alternator is better than a generator in my opinion unless you have a show car that's not going to be driven.

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