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Post by buggin70 on Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:43 pm

well it works when it wants to and idk what to do

some days it will work fine

others it wont ever come on and a few times i couldnt get it to turn off

any suggestions?
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Re: gen light again

Post by Wildo on Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:21 pm

Check all of your connections@ your gen for corrosion.Clean tighten and apply dielectric grease lightly to these areas as needed.Use caution when tightening,secure the lower nut,and snug the upper down until the connection is tight. Be careful not to turn the studs as you can damage these connections internally.Is your gen grounded? small flathead screw to the inside close to the doghouse it may also have an 8mm or smaller head as well.Examine the connections @ your voltage regulator for loose or dirty ends. Once again clean and tighten apply dielectric grease as needed.Follow this step by step from the gen to the light in your speedo cluster and examine grounds that you encounter along the way.Another area of interest is the ground strap from tranny to chassis examine it.Points to ponder,you may be way ahead of me in this process.
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Re: gen light again

Post by buggin70 on Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:55 pm

i forget to mention i just did a alt kit

i checked it when i first put it on and it charged 14 volts

but now nothing

should i wire a new dummy light?
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Re: gen light again

Post by vw57drvr on Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:32 pm

Sounds like an intermittant short in the wiring. I had a generator do that once, and found the short at night with the engine running. Started a light show. Never failed again.
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Re: gen light again

Post by buggin70 on Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:00 pm

im gunna put the oil sender wire on the alt to see if the alt is good

could i return the alt i got it from cip1 and i havnt had it a month

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Re: gen light again

Post by buggin70 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:20 pm

so i gueess im just going to try to get one at a parts store here

where is the best place
i want a lifetime warrenty if possable
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Re: gen light again

Post by Heinz57 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:09 pm

Since you are running an alternator with an internal regulator, run a new 8 gauge wire from the battery lug on the starter to the Alternator 1st. Then run another 8 gauge wire to your head light switch from the alternator. You could also run a new 18 gauge wire for the idiot light at the same time as well. This would eliminate all the 40 year old wiring form the charging system.

This was the same problem I had on mine and it took care of the problem.
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Re: gen light again

Post by buggin70 on Fri Jun 03, 2011 11:52 pm

I can ground the idiot light wore and get it to light up that's not that problem. I really think its just a crappy alt
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