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RossL
09-20-2011, 04:01 PM
I am going to help a friend do some maint and upgrades on a 1978 Midget.

I was thinking about an alternator upgrade and adding an auxilary electric fan.

Does anyone have suggestions (which parts to use) and/or pictures of these upgrades?

Ross

JPSmit
09-20-2011, 10:16 PM
I have a '76 and installed a GM delco alternator. Instructions here:

https://www.teglerizer.com/alternator/index.html

the alternator is a little big but it was a direct bolt in. I have had no temp issues with a recored rad and a new water pump and cleaned heater matrix but, it's up to you. I also put relays on the headlights and horn

Gerard
09-20-2011, 11:03 PM
I have several tips for alternator upgrades here, but are typically for BMC engines which have the alternator on the right side instead of the left.

https://gerardsgarage.com/Garage/Tech/alternatorTfisher.htm

RossL
09-21-2011, 01:42 PM
I have a '76 and installed a GM delco alternator. Instructions here:

https://www.teglerizer.com/alternator/index.html

the alternator is a little big but it was a direct bolt in. I have had no temp issues with a recored rad and a new water pump and cleaned heater matrix but, it's up to you. I also put relays on the headlights and horn





The Midget does not have a horn relay?

jlaird
09-21-2011, 01:49 PM
Think Spridgets have no relays.

Gerard
09-21-2011, 02:44 PM
I have a '76 and installed a GM delco alternator. Instructions here:

https://www.teglerizer.com/alternator/index.html



... also linked on my page.

I have a brand new 97 amp one of these to offer if anyone is interested.

JPSmit
09-21-2011, 02:45 PM
I have a '76 and installed a GM delco alternator. Instructions here:

https://www.teglerizer.com/alternator/index.html

the alternator is a little big but it was a direct bolt in. I have had no temp issues with a recored rad and a new water pump and cleaned heater matrix but, it's up to you. I also put relays on the headlights and horn





The Midget does not have a horn relay?

As Jack says, the only relay I am aware of on a Midget is the solenoid

jlaird
09-21-2011, 03:50 PM
Haha, got me, but wait is that not a switch at least on a BE I guess but not on Spridgets. Sigh, got me.

JPSmit
09-21-2011, 03:57 PM
Haha, got me, but wait is that not a switch at least on a BE I guess but not on Spridgets. Sigh, got me.

Actually jack, wasn't trying to "get you" at all - was confirming what you said but as I typed realized solenoid is a relay but rarely considered as such.

jlaird
09-21-2011, 04:03 PM
hay JP, I laughed as I typed every letter of that.

No prob bud.