Generator ??

Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:42 pm

Is it normal for the ammeter to show a discharge condition when the engine and generator are at very low rpm :?: :?: No lights on ect. As soon as the rpm's are increased it will show a charge. I'm just getting used to doing things backwards +- -+ never messed with a generator before let alone + ground.

Give me 800 MHz any day. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:49 pm

Donny, it's not unusual for a system to show zero or negative charge at idle. If you have a 3 brush generator, you can easily adjust the output.

Wed Aug 18, 2004 4:56 pm

Thanks Bigdog,

I'm happy with the output when off idle so I don't think I should adjust it. But if I change my mind where is some good info :?:

Sat Aug 21, 2004 9:04 am

We're all spoiled with alterrnaters in our cars and trucks today. I remember when I got my first car a 1936 Chevy in 1950 Generator and regulator problems came up all the time. The 36 plymouth, 36 ford and 38 plymouth like wise

Sat Aug 21, 2004 10:05 am

beaconlight wrote:We're all spoiled with alterrnaters in our cars and trucks today. I remember when I got my first car a 1936 Chevy in 1950 Generator and regulator problems came up all the time. The 36 plymouth, 36 ford and 38 plymouth like wise


How about that! My first car was in 1950, but it was a '37 Chevy. It had a cutout, not a regulator. Problems aplenty in that era.