Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board - View Single Post - 1 wire or 3 wire alternator???
View Single Post
  #18 (permalink)  
Old 01-05-2006, 04:36 PM
bluesman123's Avatar
bluesman123 bluesman123 is offline
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Bay Area, California
Age: 68
Posts: 593
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm curious about why the lights dim on older cars when you run a 1-wire alternator. I think I have heard the the alternator does not "kick in" until the engine speed hits a certain point, but after that isn't the output determined by the system voltage? Why would an older car get dim lights at low engine speeds if the regulator is working correctly?

Man I wish I had seen this thread before I rewired my V8-Sonoma!! I just got a '71 Nova project, and would like to simplify the wiring when I re-do it.

Docvet, I think you're right down the street from me. I live in WC!

Dave
Reply With Quote