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use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N system

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patentfirst@comcast.net

06-12-2018 08:57:53




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My 8N generator went out. Bought a generator. They sent me a one-wire connector on the generator, and say they cannot get the 3-wire connector generator. Does anyone know if the 3 wires can be connected some way to the one wire generator so I can use the one-wire generator? I have 3 wires, red, green and yellow, that went to red, green and yellow terminals on the generator. This generator they sent me has a single wire connector. Anyway to combine or ??? the 3 wires so it works with the single wire terminal generator?

Many thanks. Mike 804-502-4468 in Richmond, Va.

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patentfirst@comcast.net

06-14-2018 04:58:17




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 Re: use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N sys in reply to patentfirst@comcast.net, 06-12-2018 08:57:53  
Thanks Tim. You seem to be the #1 knowledge factory on Fford 8N generators! I will stay in touch. --Mike



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Tim PloughNman Daley

06-13-2018 01:59:49




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 Re: use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N system in reply to patentfirst@comcast.net, 06-12-2018 08:57:53  
Send that wrong genny back and get a refund. I sent you an email with the correct 3-wire 8N gennys I have for sale. Trying to rewire a 1-wire is not going to be cost effective. Again, my email included here -must be in CLASSIC VIEW to access it...

Tim Daley(MI)



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patentfirst@comcast.net

06-12-2018 15:59:19




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 Re: use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N sys in reply to patentfirst@comcast.net, 06-12-2018 08:57:53  
Dear Jim, thanks for the suggestion to take the generator to a shop and have it rebuilt.
That is probably easier than trying to find a 3-wire. Such common sense, and I didn't think of it. Bad. Thanks for taking the time to give that info. That is what I am going to do. From Virginia (Richmond) to Washington (State of).



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Jim L WA

06-12-2018 09:12:14




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 Re: use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N system in reply to patentfirst@comcast.net, 06-12-2018 08:57:53  
Just my opinion, but I would send it back, it's not what you ordered. Then take yours to an auto electric shop and have it repaired/rebuilt.



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Tim PloughNman Daley

06-14-2018 04:54:05




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 Re: use 1 wire connector generator with a 3 wire orig 8N system in reply to Jim L WA, 06-12-2018 09:12:14  
Yes, the original parts were designed to be rebuilt over and over. Most 'new' stuff made and sold today is just cheaply cloned items made in Cheena -the land where Quality Control doesn't exist. Ford Starters and generators are no exception but the key is to take them to a reliable shop that knows about these vintage parts and the correct way they are wired. Many do not know, and despise working on anything 6-volt. I've had guys bring me their N's with electrical issues and upon my inspection, come to find out their 3-brush generators were wired incorrectly internally and the third brush was removed altogether. If you don't know what an "A" Circuit and a "B" Circuit are, you shouldn't be in the business. Trying to convert a 1-wire/3-brush unit would be waste and expensive. Many new internal parts would be required including an 8N back plate but I don't think they interchange anyway.

Tim Daley(MI)

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