1964 Lincoln Alternator Update

The '64 Lincoln, and possibly other years, used a unique alternator. The front isn't too different from more common parts, but the rear is unusual. Note the female plug connector on the original part. It's hard to find parts for the original alternator, and rebuilt originals are accordingly expensive. Here's a less expensive solution, and you get a higher output charging system too. The original is a 43 Amp unit, while my replacement is rated at 61 Amps. Great for powering up that super stereo you've got planned, or the air compressor for your low rider's bags. This upgrade uses the original external regulator, so the car looks stock unless you climb underneath. NOTE: a concours judge probably won't like the change - you can see the difference if you look hard enough.

I used a later model Ford alternator, available from many auto parts stores. This one is listed for a '68 Galaxie for example. The NAPA part number for a rebuilt is 213-3017. Be sure to see what kind of pulley your original has - you can get a replacement with either a single or double pulley. My '64 had a double pulley, as you can see in the photo .

You'll need:
-Replacement alternator - NAPA part number 213-3017 (double pulley).
-Standard hand tools, such as wrenches and sockets.
-Wiring harness for conversion (if you want to reuse the original someday), or some crimp on terminals.
-Crimping tool for connectors, if applicable.

How to:
I'm assuming you have general mechanical skills, so I won't get into every detail of the procedure. Please be sure to unhook the battery ground wire before doing anything with your alternator.

-Remove old alternator, unhook the wiring connections.
-Remove old wiring harness. The ground wire hooks up to a stud on the right inner fenderwell, near the exhaust manifold. The main power/batt wire hooks up to an insulated stud down low near the bottom of the radiotor - do this while you're under the car removing the alternator. You'll also need to remove three wires going to the regulator. I took the easy way out and cut the old pretty close to the alternator. Just in case I decide to put the original style alternator back in. If you're just crimping new ends on the old harness, cut off the old plug close to the alternator.
-Install new harness or crimp on the new terminals. See the previous step for locations.
-Connect the harness to the alternator. Hook the ground wire to the alternator's GRD bolt with a 3/16" ring terminal. Hook the main/battery wire to the BAT terminal with a 1/4" ring terminal. Hook the field (white) wire to the alternator's FLD terminal with a 3/16" ring terminal. The final connection is actually used only for alternator testing. This is the white/black wire; it goes to the alternator's STA terminal with, you guessed it, a 3/16" ring terminal. This picture shows what the original wires do.
-Install the new alternator. This is a direct bolt in replacement - no modifications needed to the alternator or the mounting bracket.
-Reconnect the battery ground terminal, start the car, and marvel at your mechanical skills. Oh, check the ammeter just to make sure everything is charging ok.