How do I go about finding someone who can rebuild the generator on my 1924 TT? The generator has performed well for years maintaining a 5-6 amp charge with lights off. It seems a short has developed & cooked the insulation on both the field and the armature.
Any help or advice you can give will be greatly appreciated.
I found it was cheaper for me to switch my 23 TT over to 12 volt using Mr LD Becker Alternators and his 12 volt starter than getting my generator fixed.. Of course that said I'm not sure if the family still makes them since Mr Beckers passing but I feel it might worth the call.
We rebuild generators, contact me at email@example.com
I just got a phone call from Larry Becker's son. The phone call was about an alternator I had returned for repair. From the conversation we had I would say he plans on continuing the business.
Ron Patterson rebuilds the generators. Contact here:
I run a stock generator on my '25. It always performs well, and I have one of John Regans regulators on top of it. Couldn't be better.
Brent Mize the "coil doctor" also does generators. Just did one for me and it's beautiful.
Mr. Conklin, Thank you for mentioning that L.D.Becker Antique Auto Electric is continuing the business, YES we are going to provide the same products and even making improvements, Also I will continue the car shows, Especially Hershey, Iola and Chickasha. I hope to add many more shows in the future. I wanted to add that YES we also can rebuild any original unit, STARTER AND GENERATOR, with very quick turn around. also will be adding new products and other electrical associated parts.
A generator makes the electricity in the rotating armature and then that electricity must travel across the brushes and there is ALOT of wear and resistance at slow speeds where a Model T runs. A generator makes more amperage at higher speeds. The model T generator can be adjusted for more amperage by moving the third brush. This is necessary and very INCONVENIENT when you do a lot of night driving or a lot of stopping and starting of the engine. A Model T generator usually makes less than ten amps.
A more modern generator has fixed brushes and regulates the amperage through a two or three way regulator mounted outside of the generator. These systems can generate up to and beyond 30 amps. Three way regulation on six volt models is available but a lot of folks get the 12 volt Alternator kits and they let you run GPS, charge cell phones and run other things requiring 12 volts.
An alternator generates the electricity in the outside or non-rotating armature and so there is NO high resistance losses across the brushes. The alternator generates alternating current and then converts it to direct current through Diodes. The alternator is more efficient at all speeds than a generator but requires more cooling, hence the Internal fan of an Alternator that we make, Alternators can be found in six, 8 and 12 volt models. Alternators charge well at very very low speeds that Model T's run at.
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Thanks for your help, guys.
I've got it taken care of.
Daryl, thanks for posting the update on the business. I am running two Becker alternators with no problems and probably will get more.
The generators have gotten to expensive to repair. See you at one of the swap meets.
Thank you Mr. Cordes, Look forward to meeting you, Hershey Can't get here fast enough