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Early Truck Alternators
#1270253 Mon Jun 25 2018 08:00 PM
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For those of you who read Vintage Truck magazine, you may have noticed my comments in the latest issue under the column "Hey Loren". I commented on a previous article about a 1957 International panel, outfitted for civil defense.It had under the hood an alternator, with a large selenium rectifier bridge. I was not aware that alternators were installed in trucks at such an early date so this was a really interesting piece of history for me. I have since read that the military had alternators earlier than the civilian car industry did so I am wondering if anyone has seen a pre-sixties Stovebolt with one of these early alternator setups.


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Re: Early Truck Alternators
truckernix #1270287 Tue Jun 26 2018 02:19 AM
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Hy truckernix, I have a 1959 GMC ex firetruck with a huge alternator on it, large heatsink mounted to the inner fender, has three at least 8 gauge wires going to the heatsink from the alternator.

Re: Early Truck Alternators
truckernix #1270290 Tue Jun 26 2018 02:31 AM
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Not a stovebolt, or even a GM product (Horrors!) but I knew a man who owned a retired 57 Ford police car with a huge Leece-Neville alternator with a selenium-stack rectifier about 6 inches square. I believe it was a 75, or possibly a 100 amp model.
Jerry


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Re: Early Truck Alternators
truckernix #1270304 Tue Jun 26 2018 10:07 AM
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Thanks, I find this so fascinating. Some of the common car makes didn't get alternators until 1964.


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Re: Early Truck Alternators
truckernix #1270325 Tue Jun 26 2018 01:49 PM
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Delco made a commercial vehicle alternator back in the 1950's that looked like an oversized generator, not the classic short, large-diameter shape we're accustomed to seeing. I had a couple of them at my school shop, along with the regulators they needed. I don't know what the original application might have been, but it didn't look to be military.
Jerry


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Re: Early Truck Alternators
truckernix #1270327 Tue Jun 26 2018 01:56 PM
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My 1956 4400 brush truck had a Leece-Nevill altinator with a very large rectifier mounted in front of the radiator on the grille side panel. The altinator was 3-phase AC that made 12vdc.

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