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Ford 601

Generator vs. Alternator

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06-05-1999 20:01:06

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I currently have a 6 volt regulator and a 12 volt generator on my gas Ford 601. My generator went out today and I am having a hard time finding a replacement. Should I convert to a 12 volt alternator system? Any suggestions? Alternators that will work?

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Sam from Michigan

06-06-1999 15:19:42

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 Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Craig, 06-05-1999 20:01:06  
I converted my ford 671 to 12V several years ago. I used the alternator internally regulated. I went to a local heavy machine dealer a ordered a alternator bracket and adjuster arm used on a industrial machine that had a Ford 134 C.I. engine
Perfect fit. This engine is still used in many industrial applications.

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Po Folks

06-06-1999 04:10:20

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 Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Craig, 06-05-1999 20:01:06  
I put 6v, 1 wire, internal regulator, alternator's on my N's.

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06-06-1999 04:29:21

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 Re: Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Po Folks, 06-06-1999 04:10:20  
Craig, for the time being - just run the tractor. Put a charger on the battery, 6v or 12v accordingly. The engine doesn't have to charge or the generator be connected for the tractor to run for some time until the battery goes dead. Just mount the generator and belt if you took it off and go for it. Go ahead and get your grass cut and you can solve this when the grass slows down. From your earlier post, I've got a 56 model 600 - cosmetic and function are perfect, although paint is dull. It was truly a one-owner kept in a barn the entire time since purchase in 57, until 3 years ago. The owner died 3 years ago and his widow sold it to her friend's husband who sold it to me about 6 mo later. I paid 3,800 and you would need 4,500 cold cash or more and a crowbar to get my "cold dead fingers off of it." It's wonderful, enough power and dream to get on and off - but yours is a little better, same engine but with improvements like the double-clutch and more transmission gears. Mine is between yours and the NAA Golden Jubilee which is the forerunner of both. RKS

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06-05-1999 20:11:04

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 Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Craig, 06-05-1999 20:01:06  
Go with the alt. A GM internally regulated should work.

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06-05-1999 20:35:38

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 Re: Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Miles, 06-05-1999 20:11:04  
Thanks for the comments...

GM internally regulated

Is there one inparticular I should ask for? I'll probably need to make a bracket that will hold in place of the 12 volt.

I'm new at this and already addicted.

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06-05-1999 20:09:45

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 Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to Craig, 06-05-1999 20:01:06  
Craig, with my weather right now - I'd be taking my life in my hands walking out to my 1956 600 model. I've got a Delco-Remy internally regulated alternator, works very well. Try to get you some numbers off of it if you don't already have them from someone else tomorrow. But, there's no mystery. Go ahead and find one (internally regulated) at a junkyard or at a parts house with a bracket kit to change it over. It's not hard, and the engine doesn't know or care what the application was for originally. You just bypass the voltage regulator. I tossed mine. You will need a 12v battery and convert the battery to neg ground or the alternator won't work. All the lights will have to be converted to 12v, since they might last 15 minutes apiece. RKS

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06-05-1999 20:41:54

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 Re: Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to RKS, 06-05-1999 20:09:45  
How long have you had your ford...I just bought this one day before yesterday and am really happy with it.

When I bought the tractor...he "said" it had been converted to 12 volt. I think he might have been including the lights but they haven't worked since I started having my generator problems. Maybe with some new bulbs and an alternator I will be able to get this stuff cut.

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06-05-1999 20:28:33

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 Re: Re: Ford 601 - Generator vs. Alternator in reply to RKS, 06-05-1999 20:09:45  
Thanks for the comments...I did bring the parts home with me but don't really know where to go from there (i did buy a new 6 volt regulator on the way home). Can I pick up the Delco-Remy internally regulated alternator new at an auto part store? I'm in Dallas, Texas and I can't seem to find anyone here that knows anything about them - all the stores just list cars in their parts directory. I am in a hurry, like yourself, the rain has me completely covered up. I probably 30+ acres that are 4 foot tall and need to catch up!

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