<VV> Charging problem

David Heath dheath at vanceandhines.com
Tue Jan 15 10:47:29 EST 2019

I had a similar problem with my '65 a few years ago.  I had a couple spare
alternators and a few more spare regulators (both the stock style and also
all-electronic).  I swapped out all sorts of combinations - sometimes it
would work and sometimes it would not.  Sometimes it would be over-voltage
and sometimes no-charge.  Never anything consistent.  Finally, after much
head scratching, I figured that the feedback signals were not actually
getting to the regulator reliably.  I checked the connectors going to the
regulator and the copper was all very dark brown and ugly.  I clipped a
wire and stripped back a little.  Still ugly.  I think I had to cut about 1
to 1.5" off the end of each wire before I got to good copper.  I put new
terminals on the ends and reinstalled.  Everything has worked fine since.
I think moisture is wicked down the copper strands and slowly corrodes the
wire ends.

David Heath
Cypress, CA
'65 Coupe 140/4


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