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Old 11-03-18, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default 6 volt alternator(s)

Slightly off piste, but does anybody know if there was a 6 volt alternator made in the UK for a car (or anything) ? I am looking for one to experiment with.
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Pre war rileys had 6v and 12v dynamoes.
I guess lots of other vehicles if that era were also 6v
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Does it have to be UK manufacture? From memory some 60's Citroens were 6 volt
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Not necessarily, but it has to look "Lucas" if possible. There are several german ones I have seen in the past but they are physically too long. There is a firm that will convert my dynamo to an alternator but at 590 +vat it's just not justifiable. Domestic management would not be happy ! I will investigate the Riley option.
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Early vw beetles,ford popular upto 1953,

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Not necessarily, but it has to look "Lucas" if possible. There are several german ones I have seen in the past but they are physically too long. There is a firm that will convert my dynamo to an alternator but at 590 +vat it's just not justifiable. Domestic management would not be happy ! I will investigate the Riley option.

There plenty of Dynamators on ebay for around 150 and their not even exchange items, just hand over your money and go play, but they are all 12 volt.

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fit a 12v unit with a 6v regulator?
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See, when you get the right word Dynamator you get in the right area. Well done. Unfortunately the regulator is usually built into the unit on an alternator and it would be impossible to drop the volts externally for a 6 volt car. The current would be too high and the power created would make things a bit hot. I considered going 12 volt but would like to stay 6 volt for originality and the fact that a Morris 8 series 1 battery box is a bit tight for a 12 volt battery. I will contact the dynamator people and see if they can do a 6 volt option. I get the feeling that the quote I got of 590 + vat is possibly one of these dynamators bastardised internally.
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I get the feeling that the quote I got of 590 + vat is possibly one of these dynamators bastardised internally.
Probably not, you will find the same Dynamators sold for nearly 500 by so called specialist suppliers.

Not going to 12 volt seems a little backward to me, why install a modern charging system on a car , and not also use a voltage that will work properly without having to worry about it. As for battery size, plenty of small 12 volt batteries out there to choose from, you may not get one at Halfords but they are out there.

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