[TR] TR3 Alternator Conversion

TERRY SMITH terryrs at comcast.net
Wed Jul 18 17:11:23 MDT 2018

I'm likely in the minority here, but I question the need for an alternator conversion at all.  Now, I do realize that the generator doesn't keep up with stock electrics.  (Lucas:  Prince of Darkness, with the theme of "dim, flicker, dark."  My experience is, it's not as bad as all that.
What I've done, after having to recharge my battery from driving in deep fall with headlamps and heater going full for several days, is switch to LED for headlamps, turn signals, brakes, parking and instruments. So far the generator I re-installed after doing the alternator conversion, is keeping up rather nicely. The plus is, probably due to my own ignorance, I don't have to deal with alternator pully alignment issues that kept breaking the adjustment bar.
Terry Smith, '59 TR3A
New Hampshire

> On July 18, 2018 at 12:55 PM Jim Henningsen <trguy75 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Ok, since I'm on a role and off work, how about another question to the
> collective.  I see various alternator conversion kits out there including an
> alternator in a generator case (very cool).  I would prefer to use an
> alternator that I can get at a local parts place and has a lifetime
> warranty.  The GM 10SI is installed in my 6 but I had to do modifications to
> the ears to make it work.  That kills the warranty.  Has anyone come up with
> a spacer/install kit so you can hook up an extremely common alternator like
> the 10SI on the 3 or 4.  I really don't want to make my own mounts and this
> has to have been done by someone in years past.
> Thanks in advance,
> Jim Henningsen
> Ocala FL
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