so when i was working on cleaning up some wiring i unhooked the voltage regulator.. i forgot to hook it up as it got dark quicker that i expected, and the mosquitos were swarming..so i closed the hood and ran for cover. later i had to run to the gas station for some reason or another, and i noticed my radio was not staying on. i pulled over and looked at the wiring to see if the harness had come loose, but it was ok. i drove home and parked it. the next day i went out and the car was dead. opened the bonnet to look it over and first thing i saw was that damned VR still unhooked
plugged it in, jumped it off, shut it down and it was dead again. i jumped it off again and let it idle for about 15 minutes, and it seemed to be ok, so i turned it off and restarted again a few hours later just to check it. it was fine.
went out today to drive it to the store and it was dead again
so do you guys think its due to the VR being left offline for that drive the other night?
what should i be looking at replacing?
im assuming the alternator is dead now, so i was going to go out and look at the local bone yard to see if i can find one from an RB25, but I'm not sure if it will be safe to install that. Alternators here in japan are offing EXPENSIVE.. like in the $400 range for a stock replacement, BUT i SHOULD be able to score an RB alternator from the junker for about $40, so it would be a great buy if it will work.
i can't foresee the VR being busted because it wasn't even hooked up, BUT i am going to try to copy the one that Kev installed when his Alt went out just cause I'm sure mines 39 years old... might as well replace it.
what are your thoughts?
any recommendations? i don't think i can have it tested here, i could in the US.. it takes like 5 minutes and can be rebuilt for damn near nothing, i sure would like to have that service here..
any ideas, or success stories are really going to be helpful.
i did look at hybrids, and their alternator upgrade is awesome, BUT its expensive I'm trying to get this back online on a budget.