Re: [DML] I'm a colossal nitwit.
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Re: [DML] I'm a colossal nitwit.

The best words that cover this are:

Those who have never made mistakes, most obviously haven't ever done or tried doing a thing.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Nick Kemp <nkemp@...> wrote:
> Remember that a real craftsman does not do everything perfect. Rather 
> they are skilled at getting out of messes and covering their mistakes.
> +1 on dumping the Ducellier and finding a more locally available 
> alternative. If on a budget it might be time to visit the salvage yard. 
> The one I'm using for the last 25 years was not a perfect fit. But after 
> shortening the mounting bracket on the alternator it fit perfect. Since 
> then I believe that a number of folks have identified alternators that 
> do not need modification to fit (?? Saturn??).
> JP Hindin wrote , ----On 7/8/2013 9:50 AM ---------------------------:
> >
> >
> > So, first step in figuring out where my voltage was going (for the low
> > voltage at the fuel pump and apparently alternater voltage not getting
> > 'into' the car), I decided I was going to go on a cleaning binge and pop
> > off all the terminals I could find (within reason) and start scrubbing
> > things up to get some good contact and blob some dielectric grease.
> >
> > I started with the alternator, whose B+ terminal was quite badly rusted. I
> > wire-brushed it, WD40d it, let it soak for a half hour, WD40d it again,
> > and then promptly sheared the bugger.
> >
> > I have the original Ducellier alternator in it, and there's a guy local to
> > here that rebuilds alternators, generators and magnetos, so I figured I'd
> > pop it off and have him replace the stud. Here began a MASSIVE pain in the
> > neck to pull it. The other bolts were easily undone, so no harm there, but
> > I just COULD NOT remove the clip that goes into the brush module. I
> > couldn't even figure out if I was supposed to pinch or pry apart. After
> > literally dismantling the alternator under the car and removing the brush
> > module entirely, I figured it out (the clip was slightly warped, which
> > meant it required a massive amount of pressure to release)... but since I
> > was under the car, holding the alternator up by one hand and in huge
> > amounts of pain so the whole alternator wasn't hanging from the brush
> > module clip wires... as I'd already undone it thinking I'd just flip it
> > over and it would be "obvious" how to remove it and was carrying its full
> > weight... well, it would be fair to say I was in a rush.
> >
> > I don't suppose someone could take a picture of the back of their
> > alternator and post it so I can figure out where to mount the noise
> > suppressing cap? I remember the ring connector goes around the B+, but I
> > can't remember where its base mounted.
> >
> > Oh, and of course, AFTER removing it, I discovered that the B+ terminal
> > has a pair of 1/4" shims on it - so I didn't need to remove the alternator
> > at all, I could've just removed one of the shims and tidied up the sheared
> > end. (At least this way I can clean the heck out of everything easily,
> > but, wow, what a lesson).
> >
> > <groan>
> >
> > - JP
> >
> >


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