I didn't say YOU or Bern or any PARTICULAR other person couldn't troubleshoot them.
I know you and bern and many of the other question answer's here know how. I also know you have no tolerance for them.
I stopped reading your post closely after the first sentence after you jumped to the conclusion that I said you didn't know how to wire them.
I'm saying MOST people on this and other old tractor sites think anything with a wire is MAGIC.
PS... work on em right and you don't have to constantly tinker with them. take that however you want it.
Past a lil educational fun, and or testing I don't tinker with any of my genny or alt systems.
I have had a lucas reg come to me bad.. and have cleaned a few and then sealed up the cases.
they are still running.
I've got more ford electrical systems than lucas.. and I'm not taking up for the lucas VREG.. I think they are for sure the weak link in the system. the genny itself is nearly as robust as a ford one.. though I'd take a ford genny any day.
if you need mroe than 20a.. by all menas.. get an alt.
it a persons system is unreliable.. fix it. in most cases for a genny charge problem. it's EASY to positively ID if the genny has an issue.. or it is elsewhere. once you decide the genny is good 9 if it is ).. then it's gravy from there. ground or vreg are the common BIG issues.
I personally don't like lucas vregs. ihave in the past used ford vregs with no ill issues.
just because you don't like them doesn't mean they can't be made to work correctly.
i can think of plenty of good reasons to have a genny system over an alt. Most of them involve ham handed 'helpers and employees. ( those ones I mentioned that think electrons are magic.. and don't understand red vs black and positive and negative.
mix all that up and I have seen people kill alternators on a ford sinc ethey know 'all old fords are positive ground' as they burn out an alt hooking it up or jumping it wrong.
at most on a genny / vreg system..you toast a vreg. not the genny
and no.. I was not implying even covertly , that you do not know how to maintain one.