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Old 09-23-2017, 09:22 PM
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hi everyone

I need to get a voltage regulator for my '58. I am still using the factory generator/regulator set up.

Is there anyplace I might find a Ford NOS one?? I would rather that, or something close, than a recent repro.

Suggestions?

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Here's one but they're not going to be cheap.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nos-1958-196...1Zr7-g&vxp=mtr

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JohnG, have you considered contacting Carl Heller ~ partsetal for a used one off one of his Squarebird parts cars?
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JohnG, have you considered contacting Carl Heller ~ partsetal for a used one off one of his Squarebird parts cars?
He indicated that he wanted a NOS (New Old Stock) one. He can use an old one and repaint the top and add the repro sticker to make it look original. That's certainly a cheaper alternative.

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I understand that he is wanting to buy a NOS VR, but he is not likely to find one that easily. Your suggestion of going with an old one is a good one, John and Carl may have one. JohnG, you might call the Bird Nest and ask Don if they have any, or some of the other Tbird parts houses. IF you know the Ford Part #, there are a number of NOS/OEM parts houses that specialize in selling OEM or NOS parts, listed in the Advertisements Forum that you can call. But you will have to know the part # for the VR. If they look that up, and do not have it in stock, most of them can tell you what other companies across the nation DOES have one in their stock. If they do have it in stock, of course they will tell you how many arms and legs they are asking for it...
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I have nothing at all against used, nor repainting the cover and adding a decal. I just want it to function properly.

I have a brand new repro that has been on the shelf for some time and it appears to be dead on arrival, even with polishing the points and so on.
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What brand is your new voltage regulator. I've never had an issue with ones made by Standard Motor Parts, AC Delco or Motorcraft. I would trust a new one by a reputable company before I trust one that's 50+ years old.

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not a mark on it. Only info is "Made in U.S.A" and "10-74"

I do recall trying it once and it worked fine for a few days and that was it. I had forgotten about it.

Pristine - clean as a whistle. Just doesn't cause any charging to
occur. makes a good spare until you actually need it!
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not a mark on it. Only info is "Made in U.S.A" and "10-74"
If "10-74" is the date then it's obviously been sitting for awhile. It's probably not a good idea to depend on a 43 year old electronic part.

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...Just doesn't cause any charging to
occur...
..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.
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