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08-28-2019 12:16:17

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What are the steps involved to switch a Farmall 460 from a generator to alternator?
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08-29-2019 05:27:05

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to henryv11, 08-28-2019 12:16:17  
Sorry for the continuation but one reason to redo the wiring harness is the semi-confusing array of wires that go to the original voltage regulator. These are not needed when using the alternator...its regulation is miniaturized and internal to the case. So rather than cut off wires and try to trace them back thru the harness to find the other ends, I just started fresh. So far I have not regretted that decision.

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08-29-2019 05:24:47

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to henryv11, 08-28-2019 12:16:17  
My 460U is next to get the alternator conversion.

I recommend making your own wiring diagram that makes sense to YOU and photographing it or putting it in your tractor files. It will make troubleshooting a lot easier down the road. Don't be afraid to make a couple scratched up rough drafts before making it look prettier and easier-to-read.

On all of my tractors the original wiring harness was not worth saving in my opinion, hacked up with wire nuts (!) or bad connections, taped up damage, strange solder joints. I tried to use automotive-style ideas in weatherproofing the connections with glue-filled heat-shrink butt-splices and weatherpacked inline fuses. I used THHN stranded building wire for the harness itself instead of trying to source GXL (?) auto wiring though. The harness is protected by black corrugated split-conduit.

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08-28-2019 16:30:51

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to henryv11, 08-28-2019 12:16:17  
At end of the classifieds in the red power magazine is a kit available with mounting brackets etc needed to do that.

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08-29-2019 16:43:44

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to 1974vette, 08-28-2019 16:30:51  
I called them they don't make one for a 460 they said if I got a alt bracket from a 656 it ould bolt right up

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08-28-2019 13:37:01

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to henryv11, 08-28-2019 12:16:17  
These will do it. Jim

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08-28-2019 12:37:23

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to henryv11, 08-28-2019 12:16:17  
this had pretty well been covered, at least once a week it seems. check archivews. several people have provided excellent wiring diagrams for the conversion

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08-28-2019 16:06:12

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 Re: convert to a alternator in reply to Hayfarmer, 08-28-2019 12:37:23  
Thanks: I have put a alternator on a Super C and a 300 before changed it over to 12V. The 460 is already 12V. I just thought maybe someone here had done it and what they did for mounting. I guess I can figure it out OK.

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