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Old 08-29-2006, 06:47 AM
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'55 T-Bird 12 volt conversion

First, I'll start with the basic vehicle information, and then I'll proceed with my current problem. My apologies, but this is probably going to be rather lengthly.

Car - '55 T-Bird
Engine - stock 292
stock distributor
stock generator
6-volt positive ground

Converted to 12 volt -
new generator, (12 volt)
new voltage regulator (12 volt)
new ignition parts, coils, condenser, resistor installed (same distributor and plug wires)
all new 12 volt bulbs etc

I don't think I missed anything.

Now to my problem!

I have started and run this car after the 12 volt conversation for short periods (maybe 5 to 10 minutes) with no negative results - until last night.

I put in a brand new 12 volt battery - started the car, drove it down the lane and back - a few hundred yards.
When I shut it off, I noticed the 'generator' light was 'glowing' slightly. (this car has idiot lights only for gen and oil). I immediately disconnected the battery, and there was a very large spark, like a direct short circuit.

I double checked to ensure that I did not have anything like lights turned on, and reconnected the battery, and again, a very large spark. I could hear the voltage regulator making a noise when I reconnected the battery, so I disconnected the regulator, and the spark was eliminated.

However, it didn't make sense to me why I never had this problem over the past few months. So, I hooked up the regulator again, and then connect the battery, and no spark.

Then, I tried to start the car, and NOTHING! I turned the ignition swith to the 'start' position, and absolutely nothing happened - no solenoid clicking noise - nothing. But when I 'jumped' from the solenoid, it fired up right away.

I then removed the battery cable, and everything seems normal in that area - no spark.

I indicated at the beginnig that it was a 6 volt POSITIVE GROUND should that still be the case for a 12 volt system?
If not, then could that be my problem, but why didn't it act that way right from the very beginning?

I thank all of you in advance for your assistance!
Sid

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You should try, http://disc.server.com/Indices/5173.html or www.y-blocksforever.com There are some very friendly guys that know ton's about the older fords and up-dating them. one in particular is "Hoosier Hurricane" His name is John and has several T-birds and is very knowledgeable.
Give them a try
Gary
PS. Ive got a 57 bird but went with a alternator.
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'55 T-Bird

Thanks, glrbird - I'll give them a try!
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I indicated at the beginnig that it was a 6 volt POSITIVE GROUND should that still be the case for a 12 volt system?
No...It should be 12V NEG GRD.
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'55 T-bird

Thank you KULTULZ!

I appreciate the input.

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