Posted by Palpatine on July 17, 2013 at 08:34:38 from (18.104.22.168):
I have a 1949 Massey Harris Pony that I"ve recently restored. It has a 6 volt generator with the saddle-style cutout on top of it. The Generator is not charging. I pulled the cap off the cutout, and the contact points were open with the engine running. I manually closed the contact points by pushing them down with a screwdriver. When I did, the Ammeter went from zero to pegging on the left side. The contact points stayed together until I pulled them apart (a second or so).
I took the generator to NAPA, and they tested it on their machine. He said it was showing some charge, but he said that didn"t necessarily mean it was good. I didn"t have the cutout on it when he tested it.
Could my cutout be bad? Is there something wrong with my generator? Could it possibly be wired incorrectly to cause this issue?
The wire coming out of the generator is fastened to the "A" terminal underneath the cutout. The Field terminal of the generator is going to the light switch. The "BAT" terminal of the cutout is going to the Ammeter.
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