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How to polarize positive ground generator ??

Posted by 67mgbrich 
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Rich Creedon
California, USA   usa
I think I polarized my generator backwards... My car is positive ground, I tried to follow the procedure on Moss tech video. Jumper between field terminal and Known Positive ????? Should I be jumping between field terminal and the chassis ? My voltage at battery goes from 12.5 V with engine off to 12.00 V with engine running. but my dash lite goes out when engine is started. I jumped from voltage source at starter solenoid ( this would actually be a Negative )to field....is that my mistake ??
Thanks for help !!!

Steve S Avatar
On The Road, Lost in the California mountains, USA   usa
1925 Ford Model T
1939 Ford V8
1949 MG TC
1953 MG Y-Type Saloon
1958 MG MGA   → more
The method that has worked for me over the years takes about five seconds. Connect a length of 14-Gauge (or similar) wire to the 'A' terminal of the Control Box (voltage regulator). Quickly swipe the opposite end of the wire two or three times across the 'F' terminal on the back of the generator. The 'F' terminal is the smaller of the two. There should be a small spark.

That's it, you're done. Just be sure you do not leave the wire in contact with the generator for more than a split second, and do avoid touching it to anything else.




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Rich Creedon
California, USA   usa
Attempting to follow your procedure but voltage regulator does not seem to have an "A" terminal. Instead, it has the following: E, D, WL, F, B.

Does "A" translate into one of these letters?

Appreciate your input.

Thanks.

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Herb Adler
Geelong Victoria, Australia   aus
1958 Wolseley 1500 "Wooly"
1966 MG MGB "Bl**dy B"
ALSO don't forget your tacho needs to be converted too.

Herb

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Rich Creedon
California, USA   usa
Please explain the tach ?? Are you saying it needs polarizing also ??

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Larry Barnes
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA   usa
1959 MG MGA "Gramps"
1971 Norton COMMANDO 750 "Snortin Norton"
1980 MG MGB Limited Edition (LE) "Maggie"
Polarization is done by sparking the battery voltage to the field windings. In the case of the '67 MGB, with a positive earth, the negative battery terminal is connected to the B terminal of the regulator. This is the same as the A terminal in Steve's post. The field windings are connected to the F terminal on the regulator.

John Twist has a video on this as well as ways of checking your generator and regulator here:





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Rich Creedon
California, USA   usa
Thank You for clarifying the letters.

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Steve S Avatar
On The Road, Lost in the California mountains, USA   usa
1925 Ford Model T
1939 Ford V8
1949 MG TC
1953 MG Y-Type Saloon
1958 MG MGA   → more
My apologies, I forgot that the MGB used a different letter set on the control box compared to earlier cars. The method is the same however.

The tach doesn't need polarizing, but it does need to be modified if you change between positive and negative earth. Connecting a positive ground tach to a negative ground system, or vice versa, will ruin the tach and require that you have it rebuilt.




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