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Technical Ford or Chevy Voltage Regulator?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Richard Reed, Feb 27, 2020.

  1. Richard Reed
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    Hey guys. I am running a single wire GM alternator, GM distributor and Ford (external solenoid and starter) on a 59A flathead. Should I use the GM or Ford voltage regulator? And what year application on either situation should I be looking for? Any brand or part #s would be helpful. Thank you.
     
  2. If you're running a 1 wire GM alternator isn't it internally regulated already?
     
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  3. LAROKE
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    If it's a single wire alternator, the voltage regulator is internal in the alternator. No external regulator is required.
     
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  4. Flathead Dave
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    No external regulator is needed with a single wire.
     
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  5. squirrel
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    But if you want the car to look neat, put a Ford regulator on the firewall, and run some (dead end) wires from it into the wiring harness. That'll keep folks guessing!
     
  6. Doublepumper
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    ^ This is true. I gutted my regulator and wired my new headlight relay in there. Connected the relay leads to the regulator posts inside the can and connected the wiring to my headlights (dimmer switch) to where the old generator wiring would attach to the posts outside. I've had people comment on it wondering...wth?
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  7. brading
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    If it is just for looks gut the regulator. Make sure terminals A and B are not connected to earth or terminal F. Put a suitable size internal bridge wire between A and B. Now connect a new suitable size wire the same colour as the old generator wire between the alternator and the A terminal. Do the same from the B terminal to the starter solenoid, and a dummy wire from an earth point on the alternator the F terminal. That will have folks guessing.
     
  8. V8 Bob
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    ^^^:)
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  9. Richard Reed
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    Hey Guys,
    DUH!!! I must have had a senior moment. You are all correct. It does have an internal regulator. Thank you for your input in any case.
    Richard
     
  10. DOCTOR SATAN
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    what just happened....?
     
  11. Countn'Carbs
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    Faux wiring??? Okay...
     
  12. Ebbsspeed
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    Some would suggest that falls into the "poser" category.
     
  13. V8 Bob
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    Yup, guilty of faux wiring, though not sure if it falls into "poser" category. Whatever. Dreamed of owning a '32 roadster since the early '50s, and most pictured in magazines had a chrome regulator, sooo early in the build I knew mine would have one. Just can't simply hang it on the firewall without some wiring. :)
     
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  14. sunbeam
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    If you have a alternator with a remote regulator I use a Chrysler electronic unit on fords or chevys.
     
  15. If a guy really wants a regulator for looks, why not use the alternator that goes with it, then it will really look genuine.
     
  16. Terrible80
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