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Username Post: 1941 Chevy Alternator in Original Housing        (Topic#255953)
bh41chevy 
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bh41chevy
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01-15-11 07:20 PM - Post#2032491    

I saw somewhere a while back that you can buy a 6-volt alternator for a 1941 chevrolet that is manufactured inside an original generator housing. I just can't remember where I saw those for sale. Does anyone know where I can buy one?

Brandon Hughett
Powell, TN
1941 Chevrolet Town Sedan


 




bh41chevy 
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03-27-11 01:23 PM - Post#2068051    
    In response to bh41chevy

I finally found it! It's the Generator. There's a company that will take your original generator and removed the generator components. They'll take the generator housing and put alternator parts inside. So you have a 6volt alternator that looks like a generator and nobody will know the difference except you. Jay Leno uses these on his old 6 volt cars. The only difference...you'll have bright headlights.

www.gener-nator.com

Brandon Hughett
Powell, TN
1941 Chevrolet Town Sedan


 
Panama Red 
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03-27-11 08:16 PM - Post#2068325    
    In response to bh41chevy

Nice find! Gotta check that out.

Jon Hansen

My '41 Chevy blog

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1950ed 
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04-22-11 09:11 PM - Post#2080610    
    In response to bh41chevy

So what was the $$$$$$ on it?



 
Panama Red 
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05-12-11 10:03 AM - Post#2089127    
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  • 1950ed Said:
So what was the $$$$$$ on it?


There's no pricing on the web site. My curiosity got the better of me yesterday so I called. The price for a black Delco unit like on my 41 is $895 if you furnish the core. To buy that one outright without a core is $80 more. The ability to buy without a core depends on his stock.

Jon Hansen

My '41 Chevy blog

Blog #2


 
rrausch 
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05-13-11 07:53 PM - Post#2089792    
    In response to Panama Red

$900!!!! Ahhh... I think I'll keep the old generator on my '53.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
bh41chevy 
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05-27-11 09:07 PM - Post#2095968    
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I really am considering putting a Gener-nator on my 41 Chevy. My reason is because I'm building my car to be a driver that I can take on long trips whether it be day or night. The Gener-nator even has an internal voltage regulator. You just move the ARM wire on the original voltage regulator to the battery terminal and you're all set. I'm really working hard to keep my car original but I'm into making parts of it better. For example, I added a mechanical fuel pump that has a vacuum pump to operate my windshield wipers and I took the points out of the distributor and replaced them with the Pertronix electrical ignition system. Almost everything on my 41 is new including a new cloth braided wiring harness from YNZ's. I think the Gener-nator is next to complete my electrical system.

Brandon Hughett
Powell, TN
1941 Chevrolet Town Sedan


 
Panama Red 
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07-29-11 04:47 PM - Post#2119507    
    In response to bh41chevy

Found another manufacturer of the same thing - alternator in a generator housing. PowerGen offers the same thing thru Jegs or Summit for $420. Still a bit pricey but less than 1/2 of the Gener-nator.

Jon Hansen

My '41 Chevy blog

Blog #2


 
bh41chevy 
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07-29-11 08:39 PM - Post#2119588    
    In response to Panama Red

As long as your car is 1948 or newer, the cheaper alternator is great. However, my car is a 1941 Chevy with a 6-volt system, negative ground. The spec sheet doesn't show that they make one for my car.

It still looks like the Genernator is the only manufacturer at this point.

Brandon Hughett
Powell, TN
1941 Chevrolet Town Sedan


 
Panama Red 
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07-31-11 04:40 PM - Post#2120209    
    In response to bh41chevy

Yup, you're right bh. But I'm thinking of changing to 12 volt and keeping the stock looking generator housing with a alternator inside.

Jon Hansen

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asahi1234 
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02-12-20 12:43 PM - Post#2786379    
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I have a 39 Chevy Master deluxe. I live in Texas I found a company Metroplex Alternator. I had them rebuild my starter and genarater an make them 12v. He beadplasted my orginal classes. They were $160 each and they work perfectly. His number is 817 277 9764



 
asahi1234 
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02-21-20 02:57 AM - Post#2786979    
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  • asahi1234 Said:
I have a 39 Chevy Master deluxe. I live in Texas I found a company Metroplex Alternator. I had them rebuild my starter and genarater an make them 12v. He beadplasted my orginal cases. They were $160 each and they work perfectly. His number is 817 277 9764






 
asahi1234 
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02-21-20 02:58 AM - Post#2786980    
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  • asahi1234 Said:
I have a 39 Chevy Master deluxe. I live in Texas I found a company Metroplex Alternator. I had them rebuild my starter and genarater an make them 12v. He beadplasted my orginal casses. They were $160 each and they work perfectly. His number is 817 277 9764






 
Ray P W 
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02-21-20 07:39 AM - Post#2786991    
    In response to asahi1234

Another alternative is the James Paterson voltage regulator:

https://www.ply33.com/Repair/voltreg

After reading this article in the Plymouth forum I tried one in my '36 Chevy PU original generator, along with halogen headlight bulbs, and the results were just as described in the article.

Brandon, you're a brave soul to use Pertronix. There are a lot of stories about those failing and leaving people stranded. Points are totally reliable and can be serviced in the field. There is a Delco point set, D105P, that is listed in parts books for 1960s era GM cars but fits Delco distributors back to at least the 1930s and maybe to the 1920s. I have that point set in my '36. In my experience points don't have to be touched for about 10,000 miles and that is MANY years of driving in an antique vehicle.

Ray W



 
1971BB427 
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02-21-20 09:31 AM - Post#2787001    
    In response to Ray P W

I've always been surprised by the many reports of Pertronix failures. I put a Pertronix kit in my '71 BBC powered Camaro when the kits first came out. Never had an issue with it of any kind. It was still in there when I sold the car in 2013. I must have gotten the only good kit out there. I think the Pertronix was at least 30 years old when I sold the car.


1969 Suburban 2wd 350
1939 Chevy passenger coupe
1937 Austin gasser 327/TH350


 
Ray P W 
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02-21-20 10:29 AM - Post#2787002    
    In response to 1971BB427

"I've always been surprised by the many reports of Pertronix failures."

I don't have any personal experience with Pertronix, only other people's stories of both successes and failures. A quality product would not have this many reported failures.

https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/pertro...

I do have experience with Crane Cams electronic ignitions. A buddy of mine worked there for years as a salesman. When he couldn't get me to buy one of his ignitions for my 1971 Dodge van that I bought new (the last year with point ignitions) he gave me one. Then he gave me some more because they kept failing. Finally I got sick of replacing them so I put on a complete Mopar electronic ignition and is has worked perfectly and I still have the '71 van at about 364,000 miles.

So apparently the factory electronic ignitions are the most reliable and there are articles about how to retrofit them to older point systems. The Mopar electronic distributors have very compact internal components that would probably fit easily in most point distributors.

But why bother with any of these electronic ignitions on an antique vehicle that is only driven a few hundred or few thousand miles per year?

Ray W



 




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