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08-01-2000 21:11:08

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my son has aquired a 48 c. in decent shape, needs some carb work, fluids all changed etc. question is , it has a 6 volt battery but is hooked up as negative ground and the generator is disconnected. I'm pretty sure that ain't right. it'll run obviously on the battery, only wondering if it would be about as easy to go with alt and 12 v as to get the 6 v back in shape. also it has a pan seat similar to the one on my wd45 was this an option on the c? thanks kj

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08-02-2000 08:08:01

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 Re: 48 C in reply to kj(il), 08-01-2000 21:11:08  
The pan seat was an option. I have a C with one and it is original. If you go back to less than a 12v battery, consider going to an 8v. You can modify your 6v generator to charge at 8v and it will start stronger and you don't have to change any light bulbs.

Personally, if you're going to use the tractor and not show it, I'd convert to 12v negative ground. A new internally regulated alternator will cost you less than the first repair on either your existing generator or external regulator. There's not much wiring on a C to start with, so removing everything and starting from scratch wouldn't even be too large a task. If you have a 6v starter, you don't have to replace it but don't lay on the starter and let it run for long at 12v. You shouldn't have to anyway.

Look over the Article Archives for 6v to 12v conversion and Upgrading Your Charging System.

If you have any questions or need some particular help, I have the C operator's manual and could help you with the wiring details.

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08-02-2000 06:56:38

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 Re: 48 C in reply to kj(il), 08-01-2000 21:11:08  
You are correct, the battery is in backwards. All C's were 6V positive ground. There is a schematic for the alternator conversion that I think is under the Article Archives section in Research & Info. The one thing to remember if you convert to 12V is to be sure to use wires that are at least as large as those specified in the article.


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