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Help Please Alternator issue

Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) Electrical' started by kev64, Jun 18, 2017.

  1. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    Hi Everyone
    Does anyone know where i can source a new alternator which has built in regulator and wiring diagram- adaptor plug as mine is shot and as the car is having major work done on springs and shocks need to get one quick, any help would be appreciated.
    Kev
     
  2. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    what are you having done with your springs/shocks?
     
  3. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    New lowered by 1.5 inch springs and new tokico hp shocks as they are old and tired, any suggestions re my issue Jason?
     
  4. Vaughan

    Vaughan
    Z Club Member

    Don't you have an alternator specialist in your area that you could take it off and drop it in.Thats all I've ever done.A bit far for you,Devon.!
     
  5. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    Mine is the old type using a regulator i have googled it and have seen that you can use a 280zx alternator with an adaptor plug trying to help my mechanic out by getting any info i found a place advertising said alternator but dont know how much work is required to change to 280 one.
     
  6. status

    status Active Forum User

    I've got a 260 recon never used forty quid,you don't say wot car it's for,
     
  7. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    The "old type" doesn't have a built in regulator, it is external.
    The (slightly) newer 280zx one has an internal regulator that you need some wiring mods to fit to a 240/260.

    I think I've got a spare old one you can have if you can get down to Northampton.
     
  8. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    1972 240Z running alternator and regulator, just concerned about having the right connections to swap from original, to one with in built regulator. Thanks Status do 260 ones plug straight in and have regulator built in?
     
  9. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    Jon thanks for the info how hard is it to change wiring, as my mechanic is willing to do the work but needs a diagram to do the swap.
     
  10. status

    status Active Forum User

    Regulator built in on 280zx only,to put the zx reg on you need the module ,to be honest if you are not going mad on electrics you won't gain anything by putting a zx reg on,it's something you don't need,
     
  11. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    Tbh I don't remember I'm afraid. And I complicated it by replacing the ammeter with a voltmeter. It wasn't hard, just a couple of jumpers on the regulator plug. I just spent a few hours studying the wiring diagrams and the US sites with "how-to's" on the alternator swap.
    I may also have an unused diode plug somewhere too.
     
  12. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    Thanks for everyones suggestions will sleep on things.
     
  13. Mr.F

    Mr.F
    Z Club Committee
    Committee Member

    You need a plug for the regulator loom which links two wires by a diode. I can't get one quickly for you unfortunately as my current shipment from the US supplier has just been collected.
    The 280ZX alternator is a straight swap and wires transfer over.
     
  14. RIDDLER

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    When I had my 260 it had a separate regulator. When the alternator packed up I bought a replacement alternator which had a built-in regulator which I seem to remember just fitted straight on the car but with some additional little plug connector. I think I got it from Mike Feeney.
     
  15. RIDDLER

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    Oops sorry - just seen Mr Feeney's post above mine, so that doesn't help.
     
  16. Mr.F

    Mr.F
    Z Club Committee
    Committee Member

    We import the alternator and adapter plug as a kit from USA supplier.
     
  17. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

  18. kev64

    kev64
    Z Club Member

    Hopefully got sorted Paul (status) was in the area with a 260z recon alternator and offered to deliver it to my mechanic in Peterboro thanks to everyone who tried to help.
    Cheers
    Kev.
     
  19. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Kev, who are you using in PBoro out of interest?

    And status was here - in the flesh? - Wish I'd have known!
     
  20. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    Be careful what you wish for. :lol:
     

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