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Old 06-04-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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After months of trying different things to solve my problem with alternators quit charging after a few minutes driving.
I have a big block with little room


1. Went thru 5 different alternators
2. They all charge when cool
3. Added new ground wire, new hot wire.
4. Added new resistance line, added new resistor.
Used different brands of alternators, but they all had the gm design, one fan on front for cooling.
5. Tried different amp alternators from 45 amps thru 160 amps.
6. Tried 3 wire alternators, and single wire alternators.

So finally I decided it had to be a cooling problem, because once the alternators cooled down they all started charging again.

When the alternators got hot the internal regulators would shut down.

Solution.

CS-130D alternator

It mounted to my gm brackets no problem.

I changed it to a v belt pulley.

Next you need a pigtail adapter.
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The CS-130D alternator was introduced as the standard application for most GM vehicles. It came standard as 100 & 105 amp models. Although it only adds a "D" to the CS-130 designation, the CS-130D alternator is completely different from the earlier CS-130 series (shown below). None of the parts are interchangeable. 1994 to 1996 GM used both the CS-130 and CS-130 D. You must visually check to see which unit you have if your vehicle is within the transition years.

Improvements over the CS-130 Alternator include:
  • More open design for better air flow
  • Larger bearings
  • Dual Internal Fans to increase air volume
  • Regulator and Rectifier located on the outside, away from stator and rotor heat.
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Old 06-05-2011, 12:03 AM   #2
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Good Information to know.
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good info. Does it need an external fan being it has 2 internal ones? Jim
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No, it doesn't need another fan.
That's a good upgrade but upgrade the wire from the alternator to the battery/starter if you go to the high output alternator.
The pigtail pictured is for a 10SI alternator. A CS130 uses this type pigtail.
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I am new to this, I have a stock dash on a 56 and i want to install a new alternator,instead of the generator... can i still use the original dash instruments? It has a idiot light.
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Yes you can use your dash instruments with this alternator.


Acardon is our electrical expert hopefully he will post more on this subject.

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glad to hear you were patienant enough to sort it out
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5 alternators? Oh wait maybe it was the 1000 -6500rpm, 1000-6500rpm, 1000-6500rpm, I think they are intended for continuous duty, not continuous acceleration!! LOL
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