Nope, by convention and definition it has an alternator, look it up.It has an Alternating Current Generator.
I have to disagree with you on that. If all cars up until the mid 60's produced AC power they would have required a rectifier and not just the voltage regulator that they had. They produced a pulsating DC voltage w/o a rectifier.Like I said in my post above, the generators used in cars up till the mid sixties or so produced AC power
You've never had an old car generator apart, have you
Uh huh, just like I explained in my previous post, and I even explained why.They produced a pulsating DC voltage w/o a rectifier.
Alternator and Generator TheoryThe current generated in the armature is AC - not DC. To get it converted to DC so it can charge your batter and run your headlights, a device called a commutator is used to "rectify" this situation. It is on the armature and has a series of contacts along it's outer surface. Two spring-loaded brushes slide on the commutator - one brush is connected to ground and the other is connected to the main output of the generator. As the armature and commutator assembly rotates, the brushes come touch the different contacts on the commutator such that the polarity of the current moving in the armature is always connected to the correct brushes. The net effect of this is that the generator output is always DC even though the current inside the armature windings is always AC.
Uh oh! Don't suppose you're interested in the fact that I helped write the original tests when it was the AIASE? :biggrin:Since I am an ASE Certified Master Auto Technician, AND The SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers has STANDARDIZED the nomenclature for such items. I use the standard term. Because like a Hebrew National hot dog, I ANSWER TO A HIGHER AUTHORITY.
You and I both wish we had that one today. Did you ever drive or own one of the 3 speed fluid drive vehicles of the day? Interesting creatures. As for the "old fart" you get to claim that title. Unless you had a birthday in the last 60 days then you have at least a full year on me. :tongue: :lol:My first car was a 1951 Studebaker pickup, a real hot rod with it's flathead six and three speed plus overdrive trans :lol:
Wish I had that truck now
Ya know, maybe us old farts shouldn't be advertising it:biggrin:
:toetap: Hmmm. "Without going into too much detail and research" or lables. First car? 64 Plymouth Barracuda 273 Hurst Special,gave $75 for it,sold it a month later for $125. Wish I had that one back! Until then, we walked or rode stolen ponies!:lol:Hmmm,without going into too much detail and research. I thought alternators used electricity(electromagnets)to generate power, and generators used permanent magnets.Both making AC current untill rectfied by either diodes or plate rectifiers,etc.