How to convert from alternator to generator

steverk
10

Asked by steverk May 03, 2013 at 09:51 PM about the 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

8 Answers

yetilikesbeer
5,825

? why ? You don't like alternators? I would assume that the older VW's had generators (early to mid sixties). That's where I would look, less fabrication to mount it to your engine. If not you will have to size one according to your amperage needs and ensure you use a regulator (DC to DC) with the right output voltage (common ones are 6, 12, 24 volt outputs). If your having issues with your alternator there are options for that too. New rectifier diodes. Or there is one wire conversions that negate the vehicles circuitry making them operate with out the additional risk of failure of the vehicles wiring.

kbro
19,405

Excuse my ignorance but I dont know the difference between the two.

yetilikesbeer
5,825

Alternator creates AC voltage and converts to DC through rectifier diodes and voltage regulator. More efficent A generator creates DC voltage and uses an older type of DC to DC regulator. More reliable. Stopped being used in most applications in the mid 60's.

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
EdS2K
465

Unless you really just want to, stay with the alternator set up. Less wires and a much more constant output. If you switch to a generator you'll have to her a voltage regulator, run new wires and get a new generator stand. The stands for altnators are different.

kbro
19,405

Ah okay. You learn something new everyday. Thanks!

yetilikesbeer
5,825

@kbro No problem. @EdS2K You can get gens with the reg attached to the side, down to one wire operation but they don't look as clean. But I have to say for a low current application a gen will out last a alternator 6 to 1.

tenspeed
67,285

Read this article and do it backwards --- http://www.vw- resource.com/replace_generator.html --- People usually updater to a alternator but then again people return cars to stock condition for shows.

Best Answer
judge_roy
Not Active

the delco one-wire alternator has layed waste to all discussion on the subject~

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

Beetle
Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?
CarGurus has 8,813 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,499.
ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,130
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,110
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 710
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic"
780 Great Deals out of 60,883 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang"
608 Great Deals out of 33,963 listings starting at $1,595
Used Volkswagen Golf"
40 Great Deals out of 4,521 listings starting at $1,999
Used Volkswagen Passat"
424 Great Deals out of 25,767 listings starting at $1,395
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,223 Great Deals out of 53,625 listings starting at $2,200
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,075 Great Deals out of 36,282 listings starting at $2,250

Used Cars For Sale

2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3 Great Deals out of 2,806 listings starting at $13,888
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
16 Great Deals out of 1,067 listings starting at $11,999
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
36 Great Deals out of 962 listings starting at $8,999
2012 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 838 listings starting at $10,950
2010 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
145 listings starting at $5,300