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Username Post: Voltage regulator buzzing        (Topic#369083)
RG_impalaman 
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Reg: 09-13-04
07-30-22 06:00 PM - Post#2845182    

Replaced the alternator, voltage regulator, and condenser on my ‘65 Impala SS. The voltage regulator is an OEM from Classic Industries. The voltage regulator buzzes at idle, any ideas why this is happening? I thought it might be a ground issue, so I replaced the voltage regulator ground wire with an OEM ground wire, but it still has a loud buzz.

1965 Chevy Impala SS restored original w/ 327 and powerglide
2006 Chevy Silverado on 20" Vision 142 Legend 6 wheels w/ 3”-5” drop.
1986 S10 single cab 2"-4" drop 15" Chrome Astro Supremes (R.I.P. )


Edited by RG_impalaman on 07-30-22 06:01 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


Oshawa65SS 
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Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
Reg: 09-22-14
07-30-22 08:30 PM - Post#2845188    
    In response to RG_impalaman

Here's one for your car so long as you don't have the big alternator.
https://www.lectriclimited.com/catalog/product/vie...
I'm running Lectric Limited's Breakerless SE ignition, it works great, they make nice products.
What did you buy from Classic Industries, the OER one?

Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
RG_impalaman 
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Reg: 09-13-04
07-31-22 12:23 AM - Post#2845192    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

This is the one I bought from Classic Industries.
https://www.classicindustries.com/product/1119519....

1965 Chevy Impala SS restored original w/ 327 and powerglide
2006 Chevy Silverado on 20" Vision 142 Legend 6 wheels w/ 3”-5” drop.
1986 S10 single cab 2"-4" drop 15" Chrome Astro Supremes (R.I.P. )


 
Oshawa65SS 
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Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
Reg: 09-22-14
07-31-22 09:47 AM - Post#2845211    
    In response to RG_impalaman

That's the one for the big alternator by the standards of back in the day.
I should have asked you what you got for the new alternator you mentioned.
A conversion harness is required to hook up an internally regulated alternator so you must have bought a period correct one for your external regulator?

Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
Tony1963 
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Loc: Orlando Florida
Reg: 07-09-18
07-31-22 10:26 AM - Post#2845214    
    In response to RG_impalaman

Regarding Classic Industries, please read their Google Reviews.

People fear change because it threatens what they know, or what they claim to know.


 
RG_impalaman 
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Posts: 24

Reg: 09-13-04
07-31-22 12:41 PM - Post#2845229    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

The alternator is a Napa 61 amp.
https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/RAY2134004


1965 Chevy Impala SS restored original w/ 327 and powerglide
2006 Chevy Silverado on 20" Vision 142 Legend 6 wheels w/ 3”-5” drop.
1986 S10 single cab 2"-4" drop 15" Chrome Astro Supremes (R.I.P. )


 
Oshawa65SS 
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Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
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08-01-22 11:38 AM - Post#2845284    
    In response to RG_impalaman

With the car idling and the regulator buzzing, try using a length of wire touching the negative battery post and a mounting bolt of the regulator and see if it goes quiet
If it's still buzzing then grounds are good so the regulator is a lemon

Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
brickwhite 
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brickwhite
Loc: Colorado
Reg: 09-05-19
08-01-22 01:53 PM - Post#2845289    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

STANDARD MOTOR PRODUCTS VR103T

These work too and are only $25.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=951007...

Ted


 
SSuper Dave 
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Loc: Pearland TX
Reg: 10-02-05
08-01-22 05:20 PM - Post#2845298    
    In response to brickwhite

Get a Wells VR715, solid state, no problems and can put the Delco cover on it.

1968 Caprice coupe, 327/275, TH400, Ash Gold/Ivy Gold, Tach Dash, Tilt, Buckets, Console, AM/FM, Rear Defog, Disc and Rallys.
1970 El Camino, 350, TH400, 12 bolt posi, a blank slate!


 
RG_impalaman 
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Posts: 24

Reg: 09-13-04
08-01-22 10:50 PM - Post#2845336    
    In response to SSuper Dave

I have a few questions about the Wells VR715. Is the installation the same as an original voltage regulator?(w/condenser? ground wire?) Does it use the same 4 wire plug or do any upgrades need to be made? Is it just a plug and play upgrade? I searched for instructional YouTube videos, but was unable to find anything. Thanks to everyone for the responses!

1965 Chevy Impala SS restored original w/ 327 and powerglide
2006 Chevy Silverado on 20" Vision 142 Legend 6 wheels w/ 3”-5” drop.
1986 S10 single cab 2"-4" drop 15" Chrome Astro Supremes (R.I.P. )


 
SSuper Dave 
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Loc: Pearland TX
Reg: 10-02-05
08-02-22 06:01 PM - Post#2845364    
    In response to RG_impalaman

Its a plug and play unit.

1968 Caprice coupe, 327/275, TH400, Ash Gold/Ivy Gold, Tach Dash, Tilt, Buckets, Console, AM/FM, Rear Defog, Disc and Rallys.
1970 El Camino, 350, TH400, 12 bolt posi, a blank slate!


 
bigbowtielover 
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bigbowtielover
Loc: Surrey British Columbia
Reg: 09-01-13
08-16-22 09:50 PM - Post#2846017    
    In response to SSuper Dave

I had a "solid state" regulator on my car. Gried 3 batteries and there was a draw that got so bad i had to disconnect battery when parking the car for any length of time like at work or overnight. Changed alternator out 3 times. Finally changed out regulator to a low mileage used mechanical regulator and now everything works as it should. Even the gen light works and it hasn't worked in years.



 


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