the generator died last night --- what the hell!
i open up the shop manual "63 amp delco generator"... less than 15A at idle.
what a piece of junk.
u can't run a CB radio off 15A these days.
me thinx this may be why it died ... stereo system draws like 45-ish nominal.
anywho -- lucky me found that the same case size was used all the way up to 1989 in GM pickups and other such vehicles with larger engines... they can be rewound up to 105A but i didn't feel like waiting 10 days or spending 115 bucks ebay (shipped) for one -- so i hit up my local 24 hour autoparts store (not my favorite store by any means but at 8 o clock on a sunday night beggers cant be choosers) and got an alt listed for an 84 - 89 GM pickup.
78.5 amps at 2080 RPMS... around 35 at 800 - 900 RPMS (and since i've ganked hte idle up to around 8, this works out nicely).
cost me like 58 bucks plus u normally get 20 back on the core but because my core wasn't the same (From a lesser model) i only got half that... so it was 68 plus tax came to like 74... a buck an amp aint bad... i can live with that. and its got a lifetime warranty unless you open up the casing (which i'm not gonna do)... so that's cool.
thank god it was One-Wire compatible. clock position was different but that was no sweat. just ran a 6 inch ground wire for the grounding screw and relocated it. in theory the casing would ground it, but i didn't wanna take any chances since the casing is in two parts with a plastic insulator between the front and back and hte ground screw is on the back -- the main bolts are on the front. .. u get the idea.
and yet i find more problems....
the exhaust has a hole in it somewhere... somewhere between the headers and the muffler -- i dont think its in the headers cuz when i'm under the hood i cant hear the "rice krispy / flapping / coughing" sound.
yet when i'm in the car with the door open or standing beside/behind it.. i can. has to be in the front pipes , the Y joint, or just before the muffler -- hell it might be the muffler itself but it looks all shiney and ok. i dunno... just one more thing for the mechanic to check.. my ass aint crawlin under there -- its like 6 inches off the ground for god sake.
its bad enough jacking it up to do work that's near a jack point (wheel / under engine / near rear axle) -- but to get waaayyyy into the meaty middle of the car would require two jacks, jack supports, and a whole lotta praying the wind didn't blow in the wrong direction and knock it down on top of me.
the good news is the engine itself (carb included, belts included... everything under hte hood) sounds like an "8.5 outa 10" on my "i'm happy with it" scale.
i'm gonna repalce all the vaccuum hoses to the distributor and the carb this week... that should alleviate the need for overcompensation on the vaccuum pump arm. hell i'll jsut leave it how it is though -- all that does is open up the secondaries quicker -- thus ... more balls to the wall when u hit the gas.
i'm gonna pinch every last little pony outa this sucker. even if it means making it a terrifying nightmare for my poor mother if she ever tries to drive it.... my grandfather wont care, he'll leave rubber on the street and be like "who, me... i didn't do that... musta been someone else...." .... as you hear *rumble rumble rumble* under the hood. the man has a laid back sense of humor unmatched by any.
i told him "do u think its a little loud? should i try to re-line the hood, maybe get that hood treatment dynamat makes"... he's like "I've only got one good ear, so it has to be twice as loud to sound like its running... leave it the way it is."
... i'm still lamenting these POS JBL amps... grr... i do so detest in comparison to that wonderful Xtant.