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We are suppliers of classic car parts, fittings and accessories for the restoration and maintenance of classic

vehicles. We offer a very wide classic car parts product range for all classic cars, with particular emphasis

towards the 70's & 80's car parts, and we are also able to cover other areas including the classic car and kit car builder, vintage and classic commercials, tractor and stationary engine, and some items find their way on to boats and aeroplanes. The classic car parts range stocked covers body parts, rubber mouldings, clutches

electrical, lamps, switches, wipers, cables, alternators, starter motors & period style remanufactured accessories

ALTERNATORS


The alternator produces the electrical current to operate all the vehicle's electrical devices and the current to charge the battery. A 1975 Mercedes 280SL used a 55 amp alternator and a 2006 SL500 uses a 150 amp alternator. The

alternator produces alternating current which is then converted into direct current because all modern automobile

electrical systems are a 12 volt DC system. The alternator is driven by a belt connected to the engine's crankshaft

pulley. The most common cause of an alternator not working is a broken drive belt. The two main parts of an

alternator are the stator and the rotor. The stator is made up of three sets of wire windings and is mounted in the

alternator housing. The rotor is an electromagnet that spins inside the stator and generates an electrical current. There are two diodes connected to each of the stator windings to convert the AC current to DC. If one of the stator windings fails or one of the diodes fails, the alternator will only produce 2/3 of its normal output. The alternator is constantly spinning on two bearings and these may eventually wear out. This will produce a growling sound when the engine is running. Most alternator problems require replacement with a rebuilt unit.

STARTER MOTORS


A starter is an electric motor needed to turn over the engine to start it.

A starter consists of the very powerful DC electric motor and starter solenoid that is attached to the motor (see the picture). A starter motor requires very high current to crank the

engine, that's why it's connected to the battery with large cables (see lower diagram).

The negative (ground) cable connects "-" battery terminal to the engine block close to the starter. The positive cable connects "+" battery terminal to the starter solenoid.

The starter solenoid works as an electric switch - when actuated, it closes the circuit and

connects the starter motor to the battery. At the same time, it pushes the starter gear

forward to mesh with the engine's flywheel.

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