[DeTomaso] Alternator blues....
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Wed Oct 5 13:28:24 EDT 2016
Although not related (maybe), does the name “Neillo” represent a family name? Just curious.
> On Oct 3, 2016, at 7:14 AM, Larry Stock <larrys at panteraparts.com> wrote:
> Hey Mike,
> After we left you yesterday afternoon, The trip back over the Sierra¹s
> last night was horrific. Rain started just above Placerville as we
> hydroplaned many times the rain was so heavy. The snow started below 6000
> feet causing white out conditions several times. At the top of Echo summit
> there was a Bad Head On collision that closed the highway in both
> directions for quite a while. Certainly no place for Pantera¹s yesterday
> evening. Apparently The Reno Tahoe Pantera¹s stayed in place for good
> On 10/2/16, 9:11 PM, "DeTomaso on behalf of Mike Drew via DeTomaso"
> <detomaso-bounces at server.detomasolist.com on behalf of
> detomaso at server.detomasolist.com> wrote:
>> Hi guys,
>> Just got home from a terrific weekend in the Sierra foothills; 24
>> Panteras (of the 36 scheduled) took part in the Niello concours at
>> Serrano. It heaved down with rain for a very brief period, but that
>> rain then turned to snow which kept the large Reno/Tahoe contingent
>> from braving the summit. Still, a great time was had by all who
>> attended, and we drove home in splendid sunshine.
>> We were driving in Lori's Pantera, which has a flat firewall kit and
>> uses a GM alternator with built-in regulator. She drove the car to
>> Vegas this spring, and the alternator failed while we were there. At
>> first it started acting erratic, with the amp needle bouncing around,
>> and then finally it quit and just showed a partial discharge. Testing
>> at the battery revealed it was doing nothing at that point. We
>> replaced it with another one, which did exactly the same thing and
>> failed about 50 miles from home.
>> We replaced THAT one, and the third one has worked fine until today.
>> But it probably only has about 250 miles on it or so. On the way home,
>> once again, I noticed the ammeter needle behaving erratically, then it
>> quit and showed partial discharge for many miles, then briefly came
>> back to life and showed a very strong charge (since we had been running
>> on battery power for awhile), then discharged again.
>> Methinks the problem is not simply that alternators are failing, but
>> rather that there is some sort of fault in the electrical system. As
>> electrons are far from my strong suit, I hesitate to start diving it to
>> it blindly.
>> What say all of you?
>> FWIW we've got a spare alternator we will be installing tomorrow, which
>> almost assuredly will work just fine...for awhile anyway????
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