Originally Posted by JohnG
...Just doesn't cause any charging to
..and it won't, until you flash the armature. Follow the polarizing chapter in your Shop Manual. In mine, it's chapter 12 (Charging System).
Most Shop Manuals have the procedure you're looking for. As long as the system is connected and polarized, residual magnetism normally kicks in upon each startup. When the components are disconnected, you gotta start over.
These "OLD" generators and associated components have NO electronics or solid state components. The entire system consists of coils, resistors and contacts. Those things never go bad over time, when not used.
Sure, contacts can become 'dirty' but that usually happens after being used, then years of neglect.