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Old 07-17-2017, 10:23 AM   #1
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I would like to know if Ford has a true 1 wire alternator like the G.M. to replace the alternator/regulator combo. from the 60's Ford? This would be for a 390 FE.

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Old 07-17-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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Many ofr us use and love the 3G Ford, much superior to anything GM ever made but 2 of those pesky wires with those mysterious electrons inside. You will need a hot from the switch.
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Old 07-17-2017, 10:32 PM   #3
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Yes, I've used a Ford 1 wire for years. with no problems
there are dozens of diagrams to show you how to connect them...http://www.paperformance.com/content/462802B.pdf

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Old 07-18-2017, 08:19 AM   #4
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Yes, I've used a Ford 1 wire for years. with no problems
there are dozens of diagrams to show you how to connect them...http://www.paperformance.com/content/462802B.pdf

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Technically not a one wire in the same sense as a GM where the only wire is the B+. I call them a 2 wire. Also not sure on the green wire needing to be a resistance wire, not saying it shouldn't but all I've ever done is clip the plug from the donor car and wire it in with common primary wire.
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It may be easier to use what is generally called a GM alternator. Just call it a John Deere alternator, or Cat, or whatever the occasion calls for. The Delco was used in nearly everything at one time or another.
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Old 07-19-2017, 08:03 AM   #7
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I didn't know about those. I wonder what they did to eliminate the ign hot lead. Not much I'm guessing for $54. I've always used the $10 junkyard ones.
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many ofr us use and love the 3g ford, much superior to anything gm ever made but 2 of those pesky wires with those mysterious electrons inside. You will need a hot from the switch.
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I didn't know about those. I wonder what they did to eliminate the ign hot lead. Not much I'm guessing for $54. I've always used the $10 junkyard ones.
I have a DB's high torque starter and that same DB alternator on my '54 with a 302 going on five years. A lot of guys in my 1952-59 Ford HAMB group have used them over the years also,I run a ground wire from the alternator bracket to the frame and the power lead from the alternator to battery positive is a 6 gauge cable.
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