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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ole_Red, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Ole_Red
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    Trying to find an alternator for my '60 Wagon with the 259 and they show no listing... probably going to have the same luck with a starter. Any suggestions on what I can use?
     
  2. squirrel
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    take a picture of it, post the picture here, maybe it's from something else and we can identify it.

    Or see if there's a local electric rebuilder where you live, and have them fix it.


    (or is it really a generator?)
     
  3. flatheadpete
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    Or try a better parts store. Auto Value, Carquest or NAPA.
     
  4. flatheadpete
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    Should be a generator. Is it Delco or Autolite? I have my Auto Value parts guru on it.
     

  5. alchemy
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    Who had alternators in 1960?
     
  6. Ole_Red
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    Sorry for my lack of terminology on the subject. I'll have to get a better look at it next time I'm over at the garage and snap a pic. The only pic that I have that shows it, only shows half.. Man, you guys are quick on the responses.
     
  7. One other thing to think about is that it should have a tag with numbers. Take it to a place with catalogs and someone who has the basic education to open and read one. They should be able to cross reference it to whatever is available.

    Most car companies did not build their own electrical parts they were built by a company like delco or autolight or ??? Sometimes a subsidiary of the company but that also made parts n pieces for sale to other companies.
     
  8. Ole_Red
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    thanks, I will get to cleaning off the 50 years of grime that is caked on this thing to see if a number can be found. I didnt see any numbers at first glance, but it could be under that crud.
     
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  10. Mayor of G-Vegas
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    A alternator/starter rebuild shop would prob still be your best bet. Cheaper and prob will have a better product when your done. The new and rebuilt elec parts O'Reilly and most other chain stores are selling now are total shit - Mayor
     
  11. Ole_Red
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    I had never even thought about having them rebuilt. Will definitely look in to finding a shop to do that. If it is more cost effective, then it will be a go!
     
  12. squirrel
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    actually the most cost effective thing is to just rebuild them yourself. You might need to buy some brushes, maybe a bearing or bushing or two, and some spray paint.
     
  13. Chopperman
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    try rockauto.com
     
  14. Ole_Red
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    I have never rebuilt either one myself, but I will look in to that as well.

    thanks. how is your "escort" wagon coming along? :flipoff2: :D
     
  15. if you wana do a single wire. i believe the napa p/n is 214-4011sw run about $60 exchanged.
     
  16. goose-em
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    Starters and Generators are actually pretty easy to rebuild.

    Plenty of tech articles on how to do it.
     
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  18. dubcee
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    It looks like your in the 206, but I dont know where. I use The Rebuilder in Kent
    The Rebuilder
    (253) 854-0904
    722 S Central, Kent, WA 98032,
    I had my 259 gen rebuilt and bought a new voltage regulator from them, last winter... $75.00 cash. A NAPA voltage reg would have cost me near that! Great guys too!
     
  19. Builtforsin
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    I went to a Pep-Boys once to get something for a Studebaker Champion... They asked who makes Studebaker :(
     
  20. Ole_Red
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    This is why I come to this site. You guys are quick to respond and always offer great information! Thanks!

    I will search through tech articles to see how to rebuild. I will also get a hold of The Rebuilder to see what they say. How long did it take them to get it back to you?
     
  21. How do you know if works or not? You're not even sure what you have.
     
  22. Ole_Red
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    sounds about right :(
     
  23. Arominus
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    Chrysler did, they introduced them on the Valiant in 1960, and followed with the rest of the line in 61.
     
  24. Ole_Red
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    Your right I don't. I am mostly looking for information in the event that it doesn't work after sitting for 35 years.
     
  25. dubcee
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    dropped it off one day picked it up the next
     
  26. What a bunch of sorry folks we have in the BIG Name parts stores.
    My local NAPA is a joke.
    Forget Pep Boys and all the others.
    Try to find an old localed owned parts store.
    We are very lucky to have one here in San Diego "E and M Auto Parts" in El Cajon.
    You walk in with the part in hand "Oh thats for a Chevy,Ford or Studerbaker"
     
  27. junkyardjeff
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    I think Chrysler came out with a alternator in 60
     
  28. aircap
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    Hook up with Randy Rundle at Fifth Avenue Internet Garage.... he might have one, or know who does.
    Or try the forum at the Studebaker Driver's Club website.
     
  29. Mr48chev
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    Yep Studebaker didn't have alternators on anything in 1960. That is reason enough that they can't find it.
     
  30. funk 49
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    Just like squirrel wrote, your best bet would be a simple rebuild if needed,or have it done. When it comes to Studes, if I had a dollar for every time a parts store asked me who made studebaker I could afford to finish another project on time. Good luck.
     

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