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Fastymz
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posted 08-04-2002 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have tried 3 voltage regulator from Kragen.They all do the same thing.I install them and the volts is all over place from 12-15volts at idle.I put the old one back in and the volts are 13.5-14.
And the new ones all smell like they are burning up.Not know how old the one I'm using is,I'd like to replace it.But with which one?
The one on my car is not has thick has the new ones.And it's chrome which I dont care about,but it is different then the new ones.
Should I try Auto zone,or who?
And dose it take a few minutes for a new Regulator to start working right?

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-04-2002 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is your battery fully charged? I'm just guessing but this could be what's making the new regulators act weird.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-04-2002 06:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes it's fully charged and checked when the new reg's were put in.

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steve'66
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posted 08-04-2002 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ron,

What can I say, Delco....

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69 Sportsroof
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posted 08-04-2002 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 69 Sportsroof   Click Here to Email 69 Sportsroof     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are you using the original factory adjustable type or the newer solid state type? When I replaced one years ago, I went with the factory type and had no problems. It cost a buck or two more but it worked.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-04-2002 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by steve'66:
Ron,

What can I say, Delco....

SteveW


Steve your really no help at all.And you enjoy this alittle to much.I TOLD I TOLD
I know but I already have a new auto lite alt.And I'm not buying another one.


Ron

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Fastymz
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posted 08-04-2002 07:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by 69 Sportsroof:
Are you using the original factory adjustable type or the newer solid state type? When I replaced one years ago, I went with the factory type and had no problems. It cost a buck or two more but it worked.

I'm using the org looking one,but that all I know.The ones I've tried to use are way more thick then the one thats on there now.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 08-05-2002 07:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The newer, thin solid state type is the one to have. The old point type is for the birds.

Make sure the regulator attaching screws have a good bite into your fender apron, that's how the unit is grounded.

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posted 08-05-2002 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also, make sure the plug-in is in good shape. They aren't the most rugged setup in the world.

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mellowyellow
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posted 08-05-2002 09:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You can also use the old cover on the newer one to make it look orig.

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Fastymz
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posted 08-05-2002 09:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by mellowyellow:
You can also use the old cover on the newer one to make it look orig.

The one I have is a thin one,so I'm not worried about the looks.I just want one to thats works.

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posted 08-05-2002 10:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steve'66   Click Here to Email steve'66     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Fastymz:
Steve your really no help at all.And you enjoy this alittle to much.I TOLD I TOLD
I know but I already have a new auto lite alt.And I'm not buying another one.


Ron



Sorry Scoop,

I just couldn't resist the "I told you so" thing. LOL

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Fastymz
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posted 08-06-2002 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by steve'66:
Sorry Scoop,

I just couldn't resist the "I told you so" thing. LOL

SteveW


Steve if you didn't say it I would have been let down.

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DidgeyTrucker
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posted 08-07-2002 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DidgeyTrucker   Click Here to Email DidgeyTrucker     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A regulator should start working instantly. I have learned that the regulators are different for a car with an amp guage (factory) or an idiot light.
My '66 F-100 has a '71 351C in it. I first bought a regulator for the engine/alternator combo but the dash idiot light quit working after a day. It was charging but the dash light wouldn't come on with the key in the acc position or before starting like it should. That regulator was for a Mustang with a factory amp guage. I found (at an Auto Value store) the original points type regulator for the '66 truck. It's been working right now for two years.

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mustangboy
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posted 08-07-2002 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mustangboy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't understand whats wrong with your old regulator.13-14 volts is right where you want it at idle with a full battery Why are you changing it?

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Ryan Wilke
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posted 08-08-2002 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ryan Wilke   Click Here to Email Ryan Wilke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
The newer, thin solid state type is the one to have. The old point type is for the birds.

Help me out please... what year(s) did this newer, thin, solid-state type come out? I'm thinking my OE-style on my '69 is of the points type, right?

Does the newer style retro-fit into a '69 wiring system?

Thanks! Ryan

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posted 08-08-2002 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by mustangboy:
I don't understand whats wrong with your old regulator.13-14 volts is right where you want it at idle with a full battery Why are you changing it?

Yes I know it's not bad now.But I'd like to find one that works now.SO when it dose go out.I know what will work.I have been trying to replace has much of the electrical system has I can.

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bullitt1968
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posted 08-08-2002 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bullitt1968     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you can try going to another store and see if that helps.also make sure the wires and connector that goes to it are in good shape.i know you probably tried that but make sure that there is no problem with it.also make sure the alternator is ok.

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posted 08-08-2002 01:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bullitt1968     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
you can try going to another store and see if that helps.also make sure the wires and connector that goes to it are in good shape.i know you probably tried that but make sure that there is no problem with it.also make sure the alternator is ok.

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