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Any suggestions on creating a simple charging system from alt output to battery?

(1990 Dodge D350)
in Arcadia, MO on August 11, 2014
This 90 350 van may be going to scrap before I replace the ECM due to the previous experience with the diesel truck ECM, Dodge dealer and Chrysler in general. If so I will be looking for an older vehicle with no computer, most likely a simple carb and ignition system that I can fix. I have had a lot better luck with Ford and Chevy vehicles as above and would not EVEN consider a new vehicle today because the most simple design is almost always the most reliable in my 64 yr experience. Wish I could find a diesel van but have never heard of one so? Maybe a Caddie or Lincoln W/trailer(s) as these have served me well before. Maybe I'll search out a VW microbus as that is one of the most simple, practical, economical and dependable designs I have ever seen. Just hate to give up the size and comfort of the big dodge but am really tired of Dodge trucks that are the real Fix or Repair Daily vehicles from my experience. Any suggestions?
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on August 11, 2014
Another solution, IF NEEDED, is to mount a GM alternator with the 'self exciting' internal voltage regulator on the engine... Run ONE wire to the battery for charging, that's it!!!... I use them on anything that has a 12 volt system that needs a way to keep the battery charged!
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on August 12, 2014
Interesting, thank you. This is apparently a generator powered by electronic radiation from the engine wiring?
on August 12, 2014
Nope..It's an alternator driven by a belt just like all of them!! Pretty slick setup actually for $65.00. Guess you just have to see it work!! Too simple I suppose for some to fathom. Careful with that electronic radiation... while running those wires!! Google 'self exciting alternator'....Worth a look, or not.!!!
on August 12, 2014
Yep, I have been bitten by loose plug wires before! I didn't read your first post correctly so thanks for the explanation.
of G. T. Service Center on August 11, 2014
I usually install an external voltage regulator, seems to work just fine.
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on August 12, 2014
Thank You for confirming the idea... did you get the voltage regulator new or recycled? Any tips on wiring? The guages and other functions seem to work fine unless the battery is extremely low so I am guessing this could be a simple one wire in/out job with the regulator mounted to the body as ground. Thanks again!
of G. T. Service Center on August 12, 2014
Use a new Chrysler volt reg. I have to look up the wiring. It has to bolted to the fender for ground.
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