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    Hey chief, which ship did you say you work on again?

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    Most top heavy type of ship I have ever seen. I would hate to be in heavy seas in that.
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    Looks like Chief took a hard left. Probably full of new Miatas too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minuteman048 View Post
    Most top heavy type of ship I have ever seen. I would hate to be in heavy seas in that.
    ROROs are actually pretty good from a stability standpoint. The problems with them arise when idiots are moving ballast incorrectly (witness the COUGAR ACE from years ago that flopped over carrying a load of Mazdas).

    Finally back home. Picked up my second set of wheels and brought them home yesterday (the ones with the S-drives, my winter tires). Pulled the alternator this morning and dropped it off at a rebuilder. The place has been there for 48 years, I used them for another car's alternator maybe 30 years ago. Kind of weird in this day and age to see that sort of longevity in a business. I did some research while I was away and the symptoms I have experienced points to the alternator going bad. It will be tested, although that may not be a good indicator of the problem since it only seems to crop up after several hours driving (presumably heat related).

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    ROROs are actually pretty good from a stability standpoint. The problems with them arise when idiots are moving ballast incorrectly (witness the COUGAR ACE from years ago that flopped over carrying a load of Mazdas).

    Finally back home. Picked up my second set of wheels and brought them home yesterday (the ones with the S-drives, my winter tires). Pulled the alternator this morning and dropped it off at a rebuilder. The place has been there for 48 years, I used them for another car's alternator maybe 30 years ago. Kind of weird in this day and age to see that sort of longevity in a business. I did some research while I was away and the symptoms I have experienced points to the alternator going bad. It will be tested, although that may not be a good indicator of the problem since it only seems to crop up after several hours driving (presumably heat related).
    A few years back I replaced a alternator with a re manufactured unit from NAPA. It developed a rattle like a bad check valve in a seawater system and had to use my mechanics stethoscope to isolate it to the alternator. Had no idea an alternator could make that kind of noise. It was just passed a year that I bought it so I thought they were going to give me a hard time with replacing it. To my surprise it had a lifetime warranty because I bought the top of the line unit. Replaced it and it has been fine ever since. I always strive to buy the good stuff. Hate doing things twice and wasting money.
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    When I watch Wheeler Dealers (California) I’m amazed at the little specialty shops they outsource to around town to rebuild obscure parts like that BMW fuel pump for instance. That thing is like a tiny motor itself with little pistons. It’s just amazing the talent out there but I don’t see it lasting much longer. I mean, when was the last time you’ve seen a TV repair shop?

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    I remember the Brake Control Module repair for a C-5 Corvette saved them $1300.00 ($13.00), electronic gauge cluster repair, making a windshield for an old Volvo out of a Impala windshield, while you wait steering rack rebuild for an Alpha, radiator rebuild for an MGA, while you wait wooden dash veneer replacement, etc.
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    The NBs suffer from alternator issues far more than the others. I have seen an NB eat 3 alternators while endurance racing in a weekend before one of the held up. Someone explained why this was, but cannot remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent☣Orange View Post
    When I watch Wheeler Dealers (California) I’m amazed at the little specialty shops they outsource to around town to rebuild obscure parts like that BMW fuel pump for instance. That thing is like a tiny motor itself with little pistons. It’s just amazing the talent out there but I don’t see it lasting much longer. I mean, when was the last time you’ve seen a TV repair shop?
    TV repair shops went the way of the vacuum tubes, once all TV were manufactured with solid state circuits, expensive TV required circuit board replacement. Those cheap TV where everything was on one circuit board, those TV's were junked out at recycle depots, Best Buy stores did the part replacement on TV they sold. There use to be a few Electronic repair shops when component HIFI sound systems where in fashion.
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    Jet lag has hit me hard the past few days so I'm a bit behind. Saturday morning I went to see a guy about a set of footwell lights. He sells these on Miata.net and is local so I figured why not? It's a very nice kit so if you think you can use more light in your cabin, get a set:





    While I was on my way home I got a call from the folks who were looking at my alternator saying it was done, so I stopped in and picked it up. They said everything looked fine inside. It didn't appear the unit had been opened but it only cost me $10 so I just figured they ran a diagnostic.


    Sunday morning I was out in the garage to install the alternator. Completely removed the splash guard then tried putting the alternator on with no success. Got back out from under the car and looked at the thing, it appeared that the sections were not aligned properly (see through bolt in this picture):





    As you can see it looked like the bolt was crooked so I just figured the bolt holes were off a tad. I corrected that and then tried to put it in again. No luck the second time so came back out from under and had another look. That was when I noticed the threaded hole for the pivot bolt was not lined up with the hole on the back side. Whoever assembled the alternator put the two parts together 180 degrees off. After some choice words i removed the four through bolts and then tapped the parts into proper alignment. Once that was done it went in right away. I was pissed so didn't take any pictures of the bad assembly.


    After doing some cleaning on the bottom of the engine below the supercharger and putting the splash guard back on I put the other wheels with the S-drives on. The battery was dead since the car wasn't started while I was gone so that went on the charger. Today I finally got her started and went for a drive. It was short but sweet.

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