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Alternator question

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by bad_bo_ti, May 30, 2004.

  1. bad_bo_ti

    bad_bo_ti 1/2 ton status

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    I am wanting to upgrade my truck to a serpentine setup but i think the only alt. that will fit are a 1 wire mine has 2 what would need to be done to correct this. also i know someone has told me before but why does one have 1 and the other have 2? thanks, chris
     
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    4xcrazy 3/4 ton status

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    aftermarket serpentine setup, or factory style?
     
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    bad_bo_ti 1/2 ton status

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    factory, my bad /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif i got a donor vehicle lined up all i need to buy is the alt and the water pump and a different fan.
     
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    dyeager535 1 ton status Premium Member

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    Monte Carlos with V8's (for sure) starting around '85 went with a semi-serpentine setup, alternator being one that is serpentine. Still the same style wiring.

    Trucks went with that system for awhile, but I'm not sure of the years either.

    I'm assuming though, that the semi-serpentine alternator will work with a full serpentine setup. I'm 99% sure it will, but I've never dealt with the full setup.
     
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    muddbudd72 Registered Member

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    go to www.oldsgmail.com and look under chapter 5 in the search colum on the left. there is a write up you need. if i knew more about computers i would have done it for you.sorry
     
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    rjfguitar 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    also i know someone has told me before but why does one have 1 and the other have 2? thanks, chris

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    IIRC the single wire setups have a self exciter installed in the altenator.
     

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