I know what you mean about that generator -- 25 lbs gets heavy pretty darned quick. Those little safety pin bolts are what saved the day, and took the weight off fast.
You are 100% right. This was an OLD shop in the OLD part of town -- old generator and starter parts all over the place -- scared the heck out of me at first. But, they did a great job -- AND a 1 year guarantee (not 90 days like we're used to).
I probably need to do a post on checking the charging system with a Voltmeter. Your voltmeter readings really helped me check out the generator and regulator.
1960 Hard Top/430
Thunderbird Registry Number 1231