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paynestude
04-11-2010, 03:25 PM
My Alternator is fried. I have had it rebuilt in the past, and am ready to move on. What's the best course to go from here? The Cruiser has the 230 C.I. with an auto transmission. Should I have the one I have rebuilt again, or is there an easier/better alternative?

okc63avanti
04-11-2010, 04:27 PM
I would think that if you went into a parts house and asked to see an altenator for a 1966 Chevrolet with the 230 cid L6. You could compare it to yours. I don't think Bob Johnstone's tech pages offer a parts x-ref for the 65 & 66 GM powered Studebakers. Perhaps a GM 1 wire altenator would adapt fairly easy.

John

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rusty65
04-11-2010, 04:55 PM
A quick search on the RockAuto online catalog netted me this-It didn't show an alternator for the larger six,just the 194.The item by part number was an application specific to Studebaker (i.e. not interchangeable with Chevrolet).Not saying that it WON'T; it is just not stated as such.This particular alternator costs about $100 with your core.The big question would be if it was a Delco and not a Prestolite or whatever.If that is the case, you could do the comparo as okc63avanti has suggested.Taking this from another angle (and putting on my Good Buddy/HIGHHORSERIDER hat)how long did the alternator last after the first rebuild?Cost? Is the shop still in business?Would you take a shot and have them go over it again?Just some suggestions here.(Standard disclaimer here:Your money, your ride.)Good luck!

paynestude
04-11-2010, 06:49 PM
thanks....I may have to take it back. The rebuild on it was $105 bucks a couple of years ago. I went to the parts store with the thought that the GM 230 version might be similar...it was not, and not even close. I would, I think, just as soon convert it over to something more driver friendly, and less expensive.

Transtar60
04-11-2010, 10:28 PM
Guys the Gm powered cars used the same Prestolite alternators used by the Studebaker cars before them. Some of the same alternatives to OEM discussed for Stude powered cars can be applied to Chevybakers.



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Doug M
04-11-2010, 10:57 PM
M 66 Commander alternator went out at Crusing The Coast last year. I made it to a auto parts store they had a alternet one listed I tryed it, it did not fit if I had been at home with oall my tools Icould have made it fit. I found a place to fix my old one it cost me $180. It went out also on the way home but made it there. I sent it back and they fixed it agian. I did not come up with a bolt on alternative. Doug M

Doug M
04-11-2010, 10:58 PM
M 66 Commander alternator went out at Crusing The Coast last year. I made it to a auto parts store they had a alternet one listed I tryed it, it did not fit if I had been at home with oall my tools Icould have made it fit. I found a place to fix my old one it cost me $180. It went out also on the way home but made it there. I sent it back and they fixed it agian. I did not come up with a bolt on alternative. Doug M

laughinlark
04-11-2010, 11:06 PM
I was having problems with rebuilt alts. I took it back 3 times in a year and a half. The owner of the parts house told me he was ordering a Wilson Alt. They were a little more money, but well worth it. Haven't had any trouble since. This is on a daily driver year round. Its the same for 66 even though not listed. The only difference is where the spade connector plugs in. It is a big improvement over the weak little plastic plug. Here is the link.
https://ws1.wilsonautoelectric.com/ec03/part.php?part_search=#8706;=90-06-1001

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studebakerkid
04-12-2010, 05:15 AM
The best thing to do for an alternator for a McKinninon powered Stude is to use a single wire Delco Alternator. You will have to modify your bracket abit and do a bit of rewiring but it will work and you can choose from different amp output depenging on your load. A 65 amp alternator is a minimum. I am running an 85 amp in the 54 and my 65 but then I need the extra juice.

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