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Help - Look-alike alternator for generator. Who has 'em?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by raceron1120, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. I'm trying to keep the engine compartment as stock looking as possible and am looking for a replacement alternator for the generator on my '56 Ford Y-block. Awhile ago, I saw one that looks and mounts same as the generator does but now that I need it, can't recollect who had it? I checked the vendors here, didn't see it. Anybody know where they're available? Thanks!
  2. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,737

    Tech Editor

    Whats so bad about a Generator?

    Dressing up a Alt to look like a Gen sounds a bit Street Rodderish to me...
  3. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,458


    you will only fool fools anyway
  4. Weasel
    Joined: Dec 30, 2007
    Posts: 6,708


    Speedway has 'em. Generator produces minimal output at idle - that's what is so bad about them.
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  5. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,737

    Tech Editor

    Never had a problem.

    I guess I dont spend enough time at Idle...
  6. Thanks for the source data man.

    Gee i was gonna put a CD player in the car too but now I guess I'll stick with my Realtone transistor AM radio & just hang it from the mirror . . . :)
  7. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,737

    Tech Editor

    Yeah, what a coincidence...

    You logged on to Traditional site, and found a guy who likes Traditional stuff.

    What are the odds...
  8. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    My gen. works fine for me at idle, even with heater and wipers on. Maybe just time to rebuild the gen.?
  9. Paul
    Joined: Aug 29, 2002
    Posts: 14,458


    when did Ford make the change to alternators? late fifties? early sixties?

    why not dress the motor up to look like a stock '59, or whenever they did change,
    and put an alternator in there.
  10. metalshapes
    Joined: Nov 18, 2002
    Posts: 10,737

    Tech Editor

    Ford was pretty late to switch.

    ( I think it was at least the mid '60s )

    What I would do if I wanted to run a Altinator is just slap one on, and not worry about it.
    Or, if it needs to be more Period looking, do what the Hot Rodders did when Alts first came out.
    I think it was Mopar, with a wild looking finned unit, and use one of those.

    That way it could be a old modification.

    An Alt dressed up to look like a Gen will never be more that that.

    It will just be Fake and Lame...
    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
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  12. JAWS
    Joined: Jul 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,849


    That don't look all that bad.
    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
    Posts: 6,189


    You will pay big cheeze for it !!!
  14. Von Rigg Fink
    Joined: Jun 11, 2007
    Posts: 13,428

    Von Rigg Fink
    from Garage

    not that im a purest..but that dont look right either..jmo
  15. It sounds like you have a lot of extra money. Keep the generator and send the extra money to me. All kidding aside, unless you have some unusual electrical load requirements the generator should be just fine. Remember however that all rebuilds are not created equal. Some rebuilders just replace the failed part (like brushes) and send the unit down the road. A major auto parts chain was caught a few years back buying starters and generators from a wrecking yard, painting them and selling them as rebuilt. Talk to local club members and find a trustworthy rebuilder. Explain to him that you want all of the wear parts replaced. The result should last longer than you own the car.

    Charlie Stephens
  16. 2-TONED
    Joined: Jan 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,683

    are these the same ones listed?

    they are NICE i want one!
    i looked all over last year to buy one & they all cost toooooooo freakin much!
  17. abe lugo
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,135

    abe lugo

    Just bought a 64 Ford wagon, it mostly all original, including the stock gen.
    I believe Ford switched around 65-66 to an alternator.

    I'm keeping mine the same.
  18. zibo
    Joined: Mar 17, 2002
    Posts: 2,346

    from dago ca

    Those fake generators are cool but what if your stuck 200 miles away,
    or in that case 10 miles away,
    and the alternator fries?

    Right off the bat your stuck waiting til one is shipped out,
    or rebuilt while you wait.

    This is the MOPAR version from '66.
    In a way it is kinda a period upgrade,
    and they are under $60 with no trade-in,
    available at most auto parts stores.

    I don't mind the fake generators if they are on more period strict car,
    but if there are other obviously newer upgrades, like chinese wire, or even zip ties,
    than whats the use.
  19. Some of us lived through the 50's and 60's and have not-so-fond memories of generators. Rebuilding 'em; undercutting mica; flashing the field and filing on regulator points. Been there and done that; have no desire to go back again.

    I converted my 56 Ford wagon to a Mopar alternator in '72 and the only thing I've run a generator on since is my 40 Ford. And it'll get an alternator when the flathead goes back in.

    Generator or alternator; run what you want in your car and don't worry about what others think!
  20. mad torquer
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 53

    mad torquer

    Save your money. Those things are pricey. I think around $400-$500. Run the stock generator as long as you dont have some 10000 watt system with big speaker boxes in the trunk. You don't have to worry about brackets or nothin'

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