Hi to all,
I appreciate all the information on the forum, really great. I recently installed a 6V generator(unused for years), with a new regulator and wonder what I need to do to see if it needs to be flashed. Commutator clean and brushes seem good with pressure from springs. Any suggestions.
I have looked for articles in the publications with no success.
Thanks for any and all help,
What kind of new "regulator"?
This is important so the advice we give doesn't destroy the regulator when polarizing the generator
Ron the Coilman
Ron how about telling both ways. This is one thing I can never remember. Which to flash to what (or is the other way?).
The Voltage Regulator was from one of the vendors, but I am not sure. I took it off the generator and momentarilly touched the terminal on the generator to the wire that goes to the terminal block, then to the amp meter, etc. The spark was all it needed to start producing power. With the VR it is working well. Next thing is to figure why the starter won't turn the motor over to start. Maybe the ground, I hope. Next step. Thanks for all the help on and off the forum.
Actually there are three ways this is done depending upon the type system you have.
If you have a 1940's and later style generator conversion with a three coil relay type voltage regulator you monentarily short the field terminal to the battery terminal to polarize the field windings.
If you have an original style Model T relay cutout you momentarily short the wire that connects to the cutout to the generator output terminal to polarize the field windings.
CAUTION: If you are using a Funprojects Voltage Regulator replacement for the original relay type cutout it is IMPERATIVE you remove it entirely from the generator BEFORE you short the the wire that connects to the cutout to the generator output terminal. Failing to do this will internally damage the Voltage Regulator. Then you can reinstall the VR and you will be all set.
One more thing, I know it is not the nature of man to carefully read the instructions for the FP VR, but failing to do so and not understanding what to avoid and how it changes the nature of ammeter readings is imperative.
Ron the Coilman
Ron thanks. I have done this many times, and each time was a long time gap between. I printed this out, now if I can find when I need.