[T3] Alternators for T-3's...

Keith Park topnotch at nycap.rr.com
Fri Apr 27 17:24:49 PDT 2012

Well, I know not everybody agree's with me but I gotta say, I think its just
a waste of time and money going to an alternator especially with a stock or
near stock car.  Yes, alternators are more efficient but ya know, when I had
the T4 engine in it with the Bosch alternator I still didn't have positive
charging at idle and could see no difference in any of the electric's over
the stock T3 generator and I have lots of extra loads on the system like
dual beam headlights, foglights, power windows, and a whole trailer full of
lights that gets pulled for hours at a time in the summer.

I do need to replace brushes every 40K mi or so, but that's cheap and easy.

Just my opinion...


Top Notch Restorations
topnotch at nycap.rr.com 
71 Squareback "Hothe"
65 Notchback "El Baja Rojo"
65 Squareback "Eggcrate"
87 golf "Winterat"
93 RX7 "Redstur"

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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2012 7:29 PM
To: type3 at vwtype3.org
Subject: [T3] Alternators for T-3's...

Hi there
In the most recent issue of HVWs, (curiously, June, 2012, page 62-3), there
is a vendor article about a T-3 alternator conversion which apparently
requires no cooling tin surgery or any other irreparable changes.  I
followed up with an email about cost, ($279.00 plus shipping), and a poorly
answered question I had about the belt tensioning system and the fan housing
In any case, this appears a much superior system to that previously offered
from some outfit in the Northwest.  If I weren't in the throes of a '56
Porsche restoration, I would order one and report.  But, that won't happen
soon for me.  Hopefully, someone who is tired of marginal voltage, aging
wiring and electrical ghosts will do so.
Hope this helps.
Best regards,
FE Meek

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