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Old 03-04-2018, 12:26 AM
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Originally Posted by John Zicha View Post wasn't tight enough. After tightening it, it works perfectly. As of 100 amp not being heavy duty, I'm aware lol. I got it for a good price and when tested it's at 90 amps at idle and when it kicks up it's actually 118 amps. Nothing special is connected to it now. I removed the inverter for the back and getting rid of the heat/AC blowers for the rear also. So it's basically just headlights and the Emergency lights for if it's a parade. If that doesn't handle it, I can always get one that puts out more juice.
Originally Posted by Paul Steinberg View Post
Nothing draws current until you turn it on. Leave everything alone, in case you eventually find a correct alternator. Once you start taking things apart, they will never be put back correctly later on. Many items are fused, so all you need to do is remove the fuse, and tape the fuse to the wire. Remember, that this car is going to outlive you, and the next person to own it, might not agree with what you have done, but would agree with what the body builder built it as.
John, I have to agree with Paul. It is very difficult to put these cars back together again the way they were. I am glad to see an agency that actually cares about its historical vehicle! However, I don't understand what appears to be a need to rush - is there any event coming up? Unlike "normal" cars, and many antique fire engines - these cars were hand-built and there is often little in the way of documentation. Many parts books, online resources, and perhaps even the advice you receive here may be wrong or unavailable!

I will again echo what Paul said about us just being caretakers. Perhaps authenticity won't matter to you, your members, or the public at this moment - but the missing headliner/etc. you described in another thread may on its own cause you quite a bit of grief to replace. As opposed to the regular cars many are used to, each professional car is unique. The components may be custom to that coachbuilder for several years, just one year, or perhaps even just your car! I would personally hestitate to remove/replace, if historical preservation as a "museum piece" is your goal. I would most certainly not throw anything away. As Paul says, many things can be disconnected if electrical is your concern.

If you have already removed the inverter - I do have a need for one. If you chose to dispose of your original alternator, I am also interested in it.
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