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Old 01-28-2005, 10:36 AM   #1
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How do you convert to a one-wire alternator?

Hey All:

Was thinking about doing this. Car is a pretty much race only deal anyway. Anyone else done it?

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:59 AM   #2
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Its pretty easy.

All I did was remove the old alternator, and lines.
Place new alternator in car(1 wire).
Then run at least 8 gauge wire from the 1 terminal on the back of the alternator back to the positive side of the battery.
I used 4 gauge wire for mine.

I thought I had a pic of it, but I don't, can't find it.
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Sounds easy enough. What kind of alternator did you use?

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Sounds easy enough. What kind of alternator did you use?

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I went with this one here

But the one I went with is for V belt.

This one is for serpentine.

Hope this helps

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I am running a powermaster one wire got it in natural finish. works great and was easy to install no mods to the bracket, comes with a power wire.

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I think people seem to have pretty good luck with the powermaster. I have heard of quite a few guys running them. I thought that when my AC/Delco dies.. I will probably run one.

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Tim:

Would you happen to know the part number? Did you get a GM one, and make it fit the ford bracket?

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I used Powermaster on my 5.0L. Fits w/o mods. Summit # PWM-8-57140
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PWM-47140 $156 from Summit
comes with power wire

You may be able to get it a little cheeper. I had to wait a few weeks to get it in natural but it was worth it.

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Would this work for street cars, as in one with a big sound system (1000 Watts+)?

Just doing some research and planning...
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The one wire conversion is easier than changing a flat tire. lol

I just did that about 2 weeks ago. Bought a Summit chrome 100 AMP alternator for $129 and cut out all the old alternator/regulator harness. I used the old 10 guage feed wire with the bolt on ring connector (actually used two old 10 guage feed wires), ran it to the POS battery cable and was done with the wiring.

BTW...UPS's small package division fleet of trucks all use one wire alternators in all the brown delivery trucks. I was having trouble with the charging system and one of the UPS mechanics said just toss the old alternator and do this....

Here is the thread that I posted...http://www.corral.net/forums/showthread.php?t=597688
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