My 1923 Touring/pickup came to me with a 6V one-wire alternator on it. It works great, but it sticks out like a sore thumb. Wasn't somebody working on putting 6V one-wire alternator internals inside a Model T generator case? I'd sure be interested in one if it became available.
Darryl Becker has that unit in the works, sure he will make known when it's available !
What sore thumb??? I had to put the alternator someplace because the oil pump is in the generator hole.
That's funny, Hal !
Is that also a power steering, Air conditioning or power brake unit?
Some folk's thumbs get more sore than others, here is my engine compartment:
To the layman it looks all original, until they see the "Chevy" alternator ;>)
Of course, to a purist it probably has a hundred other things "wrong", like an aftermarket fan hub, no engine pans, a fuel shutoff at the carb inlet, and others I'm not aware of.
Bob, It's an air-conditioning compressor all the way baby. Works good too. I just have to stop some of the (hot) air leaks throughout the car.
It really helps if you paint the alternator black and just don't open that side of the hood.
Not to be too critical here Mark, but the modern bearing aluminum fan drive pulley is just as much or more noticeable as the alternator - I think it all looks good !
Steve, you have a point there, maybe over the winter I'll try painting it black. I hate to give it up because it works great and has sealed bearings.
The picture doesn't show it because of the flash used, but the alternator is painted black and actually blends in pretty well (as far as color goes, anyway).
Seth, I have to open that side of the hood, my oil can is over there and it's a spectator magnet! ;>)
My alternator sent the amp needle flying all the way to, and probably past, 20 amps. Today I found and installed a 30 amp meter. Using a high amperage alternator with the standard Model T meter is asking for trouble. I'm using a Nissan alt. and I know it exceeds 20 amps. I'll be surprised if the Backer crew (or anyone) will be able to use the T generator case to make an alternator.
Did you install 30 amp wiring too?
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Thanks, Bob, I'm going to PM Daryl and volunteer to be a beta tester for a 6V negative ground unit if he's willing to sell me one.
I sent Daryl a PM asking of status on the alt in the T gen housing. Awaiting a response.
The smallest alternator I found commercially available was for a John Deere garden tractor. I could see how you might (or perhaps not) fit the "guts" into a T generator housing
if you google "smallest alternator" it brings up a nipon denso unit that is a favorite for drag racers and other tight applications. they come in one wire, and not,were used in geo metro's, isuzu's, and many garden tractors. i bought one new, on ebay for about 60 bucks to put on my old kubota tractor thus replacing the troublesome and expensive dynamo set it came with. however...that dynamo, is very small, and i have heard the model a guys are putting that inside the stock gen case.
There is also the option of using a "modern" generator. I have been using these from Randy Johnson for over 20 years with no problems. Randy advertises on this site. RJ Restorations, Lincoln, Ca. http://classicponies.com/modeltweb.htm
Interesting info on the Nipon-Denso.
I believe Daryl's design to fit into a T generator case is of his own design.
these have been around 10-15 years for flathead v-8. too expensive for T. http://www.powermastermotorsports.com/powergen.html