Strange GM Regulator/Alternator Problem
Evening fellow Hot Rodders. I'm working on a 1970 Monte Carlo. Here's the problem:
Key on - no "Gen" light.
I have 12+ volts on 3 of the 4 wires at the regulator plug with it plugged into the regulator - I also have 12+ volts on the regulator case (regulator case not grounded to the chassis)? I found this when I was hooking up the battery - I had my test light hooked to the battery ground and the tip was sticking in a bolt hole on the rad support. As soon as I hooked up the positive battery cable and turned the key to "on", the test light lit up. I tracked it down to the regulator case - bolted to the rad support - and when I removed the regulator from the rad support, the test light went out. It will do this weather I have the 2 wire plug at the alternator connected or not to the alternator.
Car starts and runs fine but I have 16+ volts on the gauge and a meter?
Changed the regulator - same problem. Do I have a problem in the alternator? Why isn't the "Gen" light on with key "On"?
Any ideas, comments, questions, etc is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.