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That looks correct. I know you are wanting to keep it original looking, but you can get a 110 amp GM chrome 1 wire alternator for $68. Eliminates the pesky Ford voltage regulator, cleaner install, and no more pulsing lights. I have converted several of my old Fords to that with excellent results ('68 F100, '67 LTD, '65 Falcon wagon, 72 Torin0, '76 F100). Just another option to explore, and you can get a lifetime warranty non-chrome unit from Autozone or Advance for even less.
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Originally posted by unlovedford unlovedford wrote:

That looks correct. I know you are wanting to keep it original looking, but you can get a 110 amp GM chrome 1 wire alternator for $68. Eliminates the pesky Ford voltage regulator, cleaner install, and no more pulsing lights. I have converted several of my old Fords to that with excellent results ('68 F100, '67 LTD, '65 Falcon wagon, 72 Torin0, '76 F100). Just another option to explore, and you can get a lifetime warranty non-chrome unit from Autozone or Advance for even less.
 
Hey Joe, can ya send me a link to the chrome GM option please? I didn't know they interchange...Confused
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Carlos, there is a small bit of wiring work involved, but it really cleans up the engine compartment, and simplifies everything. When done, it looks like it came from the factory. Here is just one Ebay site, but many more are out there.

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=100+amp+chrome+alternator

There are 100, 110 amp versions among others. 110 amps with an internal regulator will take care of your current electrical needs as well as a good sound system - and so much more simple.

Several of the members on here have done this with excellent results.

Edited by unlovedford - 15-January-2016 at 6:07AM
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carlos, joe's right about the gm 10si alternators i have one on my torino and most all of my other cars too! if you go with a 3 wire gm i can tell you how to wire it! super simple!! but here is a new chrome 1 wire for a ford and it looks to be gm 10si with a modified ford front mounting case! (that would bolt on the same as you have. the stock gm case would need to be drilled out for the ford 7/16" long bolt FYI) but this one would bolt right on, looks like it doesn't come with the fan/pulley, but if you get one without, let me know i have a brand new chrome fan/pulley for a ford or gm alternator---yours for the ride!!Big smile

 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ford-1-Wire-Alternator-Chrome-100-Amp-302-351W-351C-390-429-460-100A-One-Wire-/111619125802?hash=item19fd04b22a:g:prAAAOSwr81UTEz6&vxp=mtr
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My recommendation would be to steer away from the chrome version (chrome hold in lots of heat) thus shorting the life of the unit. Get the NON chrome and you will be good to go! 
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Agreed on both of the above comments.
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Originally posted by Dan the ranchero man Dan the ranchero man wrote:

My recommendation would be to steer away from the chrome version (chrome hold in lots of heat) thus shorting the life of the unit. Get the NON chrome and you will be good to go! 
 
How about a polished version??? Would that be OK, or should I just go with the standard case?
 
 
I'm still contemplating the GM one wire as well... Wink 


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Polished would be fine.
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I took the wagon out last weekend for a rather lengthy drive and on the way back home I blew the A/C-Heat 30A fuse. I was driving when all of a sudden the A/C fan quit blowing. I got home and changed it out and it seemed to work again. Well today I stopped by the house at lunch time and brought the wagon in to work to check to see if that was just a simple fix. Well not so much....Dead
 
I'm driving with the A/C on and all of a sudden I can hear the vent flapper switching around down by the passenger side floorboard. It sounds like the flapper is just cycling without the switch being moved.
 
Any ideas where I should start to look to find the culprit???
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 Does it flap around when you hit the throttle? Check for a vacuum leak in the controller switch, related hoses, or the actuator.
The above post should be read in a "Grumpy Old Man" voice.
Almost forgot: "Get off my lawn!!!"
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

 Does it flap around when you hit the throttle? Check for a vacuum leak in the controller switch, related hoses, or the actuator.
 
I noticed it ALL the time. I looked at it briefly this weekend and I may have something stuck in the squirrel cage as well.
 
I'm thinking I am gonna replace the fan motor and squirrel cage all at the same time.
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Hey Guys, just a quick update. I got my alternator upgraded to a newer style one wire alternator, which eliminates the regulator. I went with the natural steel case to avoid any extra heat. Also had the blower motor replaced and now the wagon's A/C blows a lil stronger!
 
A quick review of the LED Halo headlights. They are working great, but two of them have cracked lenses already. Something about the glass they use isn't as strong as maybe it should be. I have already ordered replacements, but was wondering if anyone else is having the same issue. Confused
 
Last thing is I went over to Staples (Office supply store) and had them print the Wagon Jack instructions on some peel and stick paper and I installed it behind the spare cover.
 
Hope to see some of you Guys tomorrow in Grand Prairie, TX @ the Hot Rod Power Tour stop!  Beer
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One of the halo headlights on mine seems to always fog up during a temp drop. I have tried to open it up and let it dry out but doesn't seem to make a difference. Otherwise they work fine.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gpd294 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-July-2016 at 2:55AM
After my mechanic replaced the A/C blower motor on my wagon, apparently the cardboard glove box took a beating. It was already pretty deteriorated, so I went ahead and ordered a new one (Re-pop) from Ebay. (Class-Tech-Cars). I thought it was a lil pricey @ $45.00, but its a direct replacement. It's made exactly the same and was an easy 4 screw replacement!


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The Key is that it fits/works like it should. I agree $45 is a bit on the high side, BUT if you paid $30 and didn't fit and had to be modified to fit I would think that would be worse. I bought a set of window and door seals from Dearborn classics for the 74 ranchero and those things are awful! Paid a lot of money for seals that had to be shaved to fit on the door side and the window seals always leak and create wind noise when the windows are closed. I would gladly pay a little extra for a great fit and function. Glad to see your stuff is working as it should.   
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I did a slice & dice of 2 glove inserts, I cut them to overlay & fit together real nice & glued them together
 
yeah I'm a cheap Censored but it's dark in there & who's gonna see?
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

I did a slice & dice of 2 glove inserts, I cut them to overlay & fit together real nice & glued them together
 
yeah I'm a cheap Censored but it's dark in there & who's gonna see?
Now, the inside of the trunk, that's a different story. The hostages might see that.
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I took the wagon out to a local show this past weekend and won Best in Class 70's car. My brother brought out my oldest brother's 72 Chevy PU. (If yall remember my oldest brother passed away this past February, so it was nice to see his truck participating in a show for the 1st time after he got it up and running again.)
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R.I.P. David!


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Congrats on the award! That wagon is looking sharp. I spent many miles in the 3rd roweek and enjoyed every minute. Sorry about your older brother
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Carlos, so sorry to hear about your brother.

Congratulations on the award!
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