<VV> wiring question: inquiring minds want to know

MarK Durham 62vair at gmail.com
Sat Jun 20 21:38:37 EDT 2015

I had this happen years ago. I think the culprit was a relay in the
regulator, the points pitted and stuck.

I replaced the wiring harness and rebuilt the generator and got a new
regulator back then, but today I would replace the burnt harness and add a
Mark Durham
Hauser, Idaho
62 Coupe
On Jun 20, 2015 6:14 PM, "Randy Hook via VirtualVairs" <
virtualvairs at corvair.org> wrote:

> I have a friend with a '64 Monza coupe with a 95/pg.  He had been driving
> it daily as his other ride was in an accident.  He said it seemed as if the
> more he drove it,
> the better it seemed to run.  When he went out to his garage this morning,
> he said it smelled like his neighbor had burned breakfast and he couldn't
> figure out
> what they were burning it smelled so bad.  Then he noticed the "gen" light
> in the car was on, but the key was OFF.  He was amazed, then started it.
> The
> "gen" light went out.  Quite a puzzle.  He then figured the fan belt might
> have come off.  He shuts it off and the "gen" light comes back on.  He then
> hurries
> back and pops the hood.  His mind was  blown at what he saw.  One of the
> wires from the gen to the voltage regulator had gotten so hot that it
> melted and the
> surrounding wiring harness as well.   He immediately removed the + bat
> cable.  It was a little melted too.  Now, the wiring question is this:
> what happened and
> WHY,  since the car ran and drove fine yesterday?????  The only clue
> provided is that he had asked me earlier if he put an alternator on it,
> would the headlights
> and dash lights be any brighter?
> Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanx
> Randy (Cap'n) Hook
> '60 700 4dr. '64' 110/4spd
> '63 '500' ragtop 110/pg
> '65 Monza 4dr 84 (soon-to-be '64' 110) /pg
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