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51 Chrysler New Yorker V8 Hemi 70,000 miles "CHARGING ISSUES"


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drrobdopps
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Aug 24, 2010, 7:13 PM

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I have a 51 chrysler New Yorker that is a v8 (hemi engine). I am not sure the exact cubinc inch displacement. The electrical system appears to be positive ground due to the size and location of what appears to be the positive ground cable. I have the battery installed as if it were a positive ground system and all appears to function normally. The generator is coupled to the power steering unit and appears to be working as the lights do not dim and the charging gauge is effected by increasing the rpm. I do not have a working volt meter and have not checked whether or not the generator is putting out current or not. This vehicle has not been operational since 1965 and has less than 70,000 actual miles on it. It was in great working order when it was parked. The owner thought he would trade it for a "new one" after the turn of the century, but he died a few days shy of that date. I picked the vehicle up from his son.
It was not charging the battery as I thought it should, so I installed a new voltage regulator and polarized it by jumping the armature pole to the battery pole. The in dash charging gauge continually shows slight discharge and the needle will almost center with engine rpm increase. But eventhough it moves it will never go past the center line into the charging side. The battery holds a charge for days when all systems are in off position. However when the engine is running for even a short period of time, eventhough the lights do not appear to dim, when you turn the engine off and attempt to start it...the umph is gone from the battery. The battery was replaced less than 2 years ago and has been kept charged. It is an 8 volt battery and it cranks the engine over with no problem, when it's fully charged. Anyone have any suggestions?


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 25, 2010, 4:37 PM

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Re: 51 Chrysler New Yorker V8 Hemi 70,000 miles "CHARGING ISSUES" Sign In

Interesting find sport but are you sure you are up to taking on this project? I don't mean any harm, but you don't know the engine size, own a voltmeter, replaced a regulator that can be cleaned and adjusted, was unsure if pos or neg ground and on.

Since this car hasn't been operational since 1965 as you said it's going to need an intense go thru to even think of using it unless this was "moth balled" by a real pro and stored in a climate controlled garage.

Seriously - if you intend to be able to use this car it's going to take a ton of work. Cars just can't sit that long without intense prep. Fascinating find but my guess is you'll be seriously disappointed with how much it's going to need,

T



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Aug 28, 2010, 6:28 PM

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I totally agree with Tom , unless your an old geezer like him who grew up on such dinosaurs yoou can get in over your head .,However if you would like to do some (light) reading on the system try this link .


Imperial and Chrysler Electrical System Repair Information


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Sidom
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Aug 28, 2010, 9:05 PM

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unless your an old geezer like him who grew up on such dinosaurs yoou can get in over your head



Well since it's this "late" at night already, you're probably safe, I'm sure he is bed by now.....

BUT..... I wouldn't wanna be you tomorrow morning when the sun comes up..............Shocked


Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 29, 2010, 11:18 PM

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There's nothing that "Kitty" can't handle!





Hammer Time
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Aug 30, 2010, 2:46 AM

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Yeah, and she's not much to look at first thing in the morning







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Tom Greenleaf
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Aug 30, 2010, 9:14 AM

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That "grooming" company didn't work out so wellMad

T







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