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halac
12-21-2006, 06:52 PM
I'm looking for a generator that has the innards of an alternator. I want to keep the "antique" look of my tractors. Has anybody out there seen such an item?

Thanx in advance.

Evan
12-21-2006, 07:07 PM
Here you go. Now you just have to find someone here that sells it.

http://www.racemettleltd.co.uk/dyn.html

BTW, don't look at the price. You might decide that modern look is OK after all.

halac
12-21-2006, 08:06 PM
I appreciate the info, Evan. I would prefer to find something here in the states if possible. My tractors all use Delco-Remy generators. Two are 6 volt and the one has a 12 volt alternator that the previous owner kinda slapped onto the tractor.

I'm a bit leery of Lucas electrics; the have far too much smoke in them. ;)

larry_g
12-21-2006, 08:06 PM
http://www.gener-nator.com/index.htm
There is one vendor at the above site. $800 and up.
lg
no neat sig line

Evan
12-21-2006, 08:25 PM
I don't think those are Lucas, they just look like them.

davidfe
12-21-2006, 08:50 PM
On http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/ in the H.A.M.B. message boards I recall seeing a write up complete with pictures.

Just looked and it did not pop up for me. It is there.

HTH

DFE

aboard_epsilon
12-21-2006, 08:55 PM
I don't think those are Lucas, they just look like them.


They are not that expensive either by uk standards, a typical new alternator here is about 135.....they want 360...considering that these are very special and probably not mass produced ...looks ok to me.

all the best.mark

Bguns
12-21-2006, 09:05 PM
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29715

halac
12-21-2006, 10:07 PM
Thanx Davidfe and Bguns for the links.

I got a feeling I may have to do the "Galterator" thing. I've got a couple of spare generators that I can experiment on. I'll have to find an alternator that I can modify to fit inside the generator case. Looks like a trip to the auto salvage yard is in store.

Next question: It's probably wishful thinking, but does anyone make a 6 volt alternator?

jdunmyer
12-21-2006, 10:31 PM
A local alternator guy has built 6-volt, positive ground alternators for guys to use on their antique tractors.

Evan
12-21-2006, 11:02 PM
The voltage output is controlled by the alternator field current. Making it produce appropriate output for a 6 volt system instead of a 12 volt system is easy. You don't need a special 6 volt alternator. You need an adjustable external regulator and set it for the correct voltage. I put an alternator on my '59 Land Rover in order to run all the extra power hungry doodads on it. I had to convert it to positive ground. I just switched the diodes around and insulated the ground lug. I used the Land Rover voltage regulator by modifying it slightly to act as a current regulator for the field.

Bguns
12-22-2006, 12:13 AM
12 volts is the way to go if it gets cold. Up here in Alaska a tractor parade/show at -20 is not unheard of.The starter will handle it fine, Bulb changes and a ballast resister for coil (unless Magneto equipped). Ammeter won't mind either. Might have to swap a couple wires if changing to Neg ground. Plusses: Starts better, brighter headlights, cheaper more common batteries, Can be almost stock looking. Minuses: Not stock.
Old WWII joke about GMC 2 1/2 ton (6 volt)trucks: The sergeant is looking down a frozen steep hillside at a rolled burning GMC. Says to another , I did'nt know you could get a GMC to turn over at -10.........

WayC
12-22-2006, 09:30 AM
Check this guy out, I have seen his as's in a couple of old car/hot rod forums


http://www.gener-nator.com/index.htm



Wayne