Al­ter­na­tors aren’t al­ways the an­swer

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Fit­ting an al­ter­na­tor is not al­ways as straight­for­ward as Fuzz im­plies in his win­ter prepa­ra­tion ar­ti­cle ( CCW, 24 Oc­to­ber).

My Jaguar Mk2 is pos­i­tive earth, dis­trib­u­tor con­verter to tran­sis­tor (no points and con­denser) and orig­i­nal ra­dio. All of this will have to be con­verted to neg­a­tive earth be­fore fit­ting an al­ter­na­tor. If you have a good qual­ity bat­tery, dy­namo in good con­di­tion – at the cor­rect ten­sion – reg­u­la­tor cor­rectly set, the dy­namo will cope quite well.

Don White, Thun­der­s­ley, Es­sex

We al­ways rec­om­mend get­ting in touch with own­ers’ clubs and mar­que spe­cial­ists for spe­cific ad­vice – and if you’ve got an ex­ist­ing sys­tem that works per­fectly well, it doesn’t al­ways make sense to change it – Ed.

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