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Oliver, Cletrac, Co-op & Cockshutt Tractors Discussion Board

Re: 1600 charging system

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Posted by Bob M on February 12, 2013 at 18:23:48 from (

In Reply to: 1600 charging system posted by Oliver1600 on February 12, 2013 at 16:53:37:

I converted a 1600 gas to an alternator a few years ago. Would think a diesel will not be much different.


A few tips:

- Use a Delco 10SI internally-regulated alternator. These were used on virtually all GM cars/light trucks from the mid-70's thru mid- 80's. They are cheap, easy to wire and are almost bullet-proof. (I used one off a 1980 GMC pickup simply because I had it around)

- Use the pulley/fan from the old generator on the new alternator.

- You'll need fabricate modify the generator pivot bracket - or make a new one - to fit the shorter alternator.

- Use the old generator tensioning bracket.

- You will probably need a new fan belt (the existing one will be an inch or two short).


Wiring is straight-forward:

- Remove and toss the old voltage regulator. Tape off the unused VR wiring.

- Run a 10 ga wire from the alternator output stud to the HOT side of the starter solenoid.

- Run a 16 ga wire from the LOW SIDE (not the ignition switch side) of existing generator warning light to the alternator #1 aux terminal. Make sure the warning lamp is not burned out (the alternator won't charge if the lamp is out).

- Run a 16 ga wire from the alternator output stud to the alternator #2 aux terminal.

Hope this helps...


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