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Old 06-23-2005, 23:01   #1 (permalink)
sprty40
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Electrical Problem

I recently purchased a 1940 Ford Coupe that is in great shape! However, I
appear to be having charging problems. The battery is a brand new 6 volt
unit, the voltage regulator appears to be brand new, and the ampmeter
registers charge as the car is driven. I am able to start the car after a
trickle charge, and it performs well for one day. When I shut it off, it
re-starts with no problems at all. However, the next day all you can hear
is the click of the solonoid when you press the starter button. I believe
it is a positive ground system, but even though the ampmeter appears to
show positive charging, it acts like it has negative polarity.I have tried
reversing the cables, and the car does start and run, but the voltage meter
emits a a high pitched hum. I have checked the ground connection to the
frame and the starter posts. There is no rust and the connectios are
sound. Does anyone have any ideas where to start on the problem.

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Old 06-23-2005, 23:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Electrical Problem


"sprty40" <ajhrx@mchsi.com> wrote in message
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>I recently purchased a 1940 Ford Coupe that is in great shape! However, I
> appear to be having charging problems. The battery is a brand new 6 volt
> unit, the voltage regulator appears to be brand new, and the ampmeter
> registers charge as the car is driven. I am able to start the car after a
> trickle charge, and it performs well for one day. When I shut it off, it
> re-starts with no problems at all. However, the next day all you can hear
> is the click of the solonoid when you press the starter button. I believe
> it is a positive ground system, but even though the ampmeter appears to
> show positive charging, it acts like it has negative polarity.I have tried
> reversing the cables, and the car does start and run, but the voltage
> meter
> emits a a high pitched hum. I have checked the ground connection to the
> frame and the starter posts. There is no rust and the connectios are
> sound. Does anyone have any ideas where to start on the problem.
>


It is positive ground, do not reverse the cables. Run the car for a day,
disconnect the positive cable. Connect it in the morning and see if it
starts. Let us know if it does or does not.

Al


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Old 06-23-2005, 23:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Electrical Problem

On Thu, 23 Jun 2005 19:16:44 -0400, "sprty40" <ajhrx@mchsi.com> wrote:

>I recently purchased a 1940 Ford Coupe that is in great shape! However, I
>appear to be having charging problems. The battery is a brand new 6 volt
>unit, the voltage regulator appears to be brand new, and the ampmeter
>registers charge as the car is driven. I am able to start the car after a
>trickle charge, and it performs well for one day. When I shut it off, it
>re-starts with no problems at all. However, the next day all you can hear
>is the click of the solonoid when you press the starter button. I believe
>it is a positive ground system, but even though the ampmeter appears to
>show positive charging, it acts like it has negative polarity.I have tried
>reversing the cables, and the car does start and run, but the voltage meter
>emits a a high pitched hum. I have checked the ground connection to the
>frame and the starter posts. There is no rust and the connectios are
>sound. Does anyone have any ideas where to start on the problem.


ya dumb foctard
prolly focked up everything when ya reversed the cables
ever check for a parasitic draw
YA FOCKTARD

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Old 07-03-2005, 12:02   #4 (permalink)
Rob
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Re: Electrical Problem

sprty40 wrote:
> I recently purchased a 1940 Ford Coupe that is in great shape! However, I
> appear to be having charging problems. The battery is a brand new 6 volt
> unit, the voltage regulator appears to be brand new, and the ampmeter
> registers charge as the car is driven. I am able to start the car after a
> trickle charge, and it performs well for one day. When I shut it off, it
> re-starts with no problems at all. However, the next day all you can hear
> is the click of the solonoid when you press the starter button. I believe
> it is a positive ground system, but even though the ampmeter appears to
> show positive charging, it acts like it has negative polarity.I have tried
> reversing the cables, and the car does start and run, but the voltage meter
> emits a a high pitched hum. I have checked the ground connection to the
> frame and the starter posts. There is no rust and the connectios are
> sound. Does anyone have any ideas where to start on the problem.
>

probable the regulator is sticking on and draining the battery
i rewired a 1951 dodge years ago.... found the wires from the generator
in very poor condition(insulation fell off to the touch) so i put in
heavier wire ( on gauge thicker)..... now i cant get the charging system
to work proper... there was sposed to be a slight ...(like .5 ohm or
less i can remember) resistance to the wire dropping the gen output
voltage just about .5 volt to the regulator... with the heavier wire it
didn't do this so the voltages were all wrong and then the regulators
"CUTOUT" stuck on killingthe battery.
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Old 07-04-2005, 10:02   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Electrical Problem

Big Al:
I did what you suggested, I ran the car for a day,disconnected the
positive cable overnight, and started the car the next morning. It worked
two days in a row. I noticed when I connected the cable in the morning,
the voltage regulator made one loud "clic". I'm thinking the voltage
regulator is defective or there's a wiring problem. What do you think?
Thanks for your suggestions.
Al

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Old 07-04-2005, 10:02   #6 (permalink)
sprty40
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Re: Electrical Problem

Rob,
Thanks for the info. It sounds like I may have a similar problem. I'll
check out the wiring from the generator and voltage regulator. Since it's
new, maybe it was replaced with the wrong guage wire. Thanks for your
help!
Al

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