View Full Version : Electrical: 51 Land Cruiser generator conversion

03-06-2017, 08:43 PM
Does anyone take a stock 6v generator and convert insides to 12v alternator to keep the outside appearance stock?

03-06-2017, 09:26 PM

03-06-2017, 09:30 PM
I have been told that there are some done that way. I have yet to see one though. I would be happy if someone took a six volt generator case and made it a six volt alternator. I think Randy Rundle at http://www.fifthaveinternetgarage.com/ sells six volt & twelve volt alternators along with brackets & pulleys to adapt them to our Studebakers, but unless something has developed recently, they still look like a regular alternator.

03-06-2017, 09:40 PM
Matt, I was typing while you posted the "gener-nator" site. I was not aware of them. While Randy Rundle's conventional looking alternators cost $215, a quick check of the gener-nator states "most are less than $1000." So, I guess if you want a "stealth" alternator, you will pay quite a premium to have it look like a generator.

03-06-2017, 11:13 PM
From what I saw when looking at them a few years ago, they are quite a bit larger in diameter than the original generator.

They look OK now, so maybe things have changed. But will a CASO buy one??

03-06-2017, 11:37 PM
I've never seen an advantage. I've had more alternator trouble than generator trouble, and my 6 volt batteries have always lasted twice as long as my 12 volt batteries. If a person was to add air conditioning, you can still use a generator with more output to power it.