I had an engine built for my 69 Mustang Mach 1 (351 Windsor) and added a ConceptOne serpentine belt system to the build. This system came with a PowerMaster 1G 105 amp alternator. My car has the original wiring harness and alternator, for which I’m uncertain as to the generation of that alternator. My question is, what generation would my car have come factory equipped with and what changes will I have to make to accommodate the new alternator? Thanks
The included alternator in the Concept One kit is NOT a 1G alternator. It IS a 1-wire alternator. Meaning it simply connects to the battery's positive cable for charging and does not connect to any external harness or voltage regulator.
If your gauge cluster includes an ammeter you must disconnect/bypass it or you will burn the cluster up with that alternator. Better yet, convert the ammeter to a voltmeter (www.autoinstruments.com) or stick aftermarket gauges in your dash.
I don't think I'd worry about your existing ammeter. For one, it's not in series with the loads on the battery or alternator and, two, it's really just a voltmeter connected in series to measure voltage drop. After all, it survives periods of prolonged cranking, which can draw in excess of 150 amps without blowing up. You will probably need an accessory harness to hook it up though.
Actually, I've been doing some study and the consensus is to not even attempt to utilize the amp meter with a 1 wire alternator. Two individuals reported expensive dash fires by attempting to use that amp meter. Below is a link regarding that discussion. What they suggest is to wire in a fusable voltmeter, which makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the input guys, most insightful.
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