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EFV-8 Club Forum / 1940 Ford Discussion / No start after voltage regulator replacement

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11-24-2022 @ 3:22 PM
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Stock 6V system. I followed the instructions on polarization as well. Took pics before so I know its hooked up right. Is there a main fuse/relay that I can check? Guess its a good thing it didnt start this morning, it was such a nice day I might not have come back home in time to finish Thanksgiving dinner!

11-24-2022 @ 7:49 PM
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It is possible that the cutout switch within the regulator is staying closed when the engine is tuned off. This condition could drain the battery overnight. I had previously purchased a new regulator, with a blue cover, that exhibited this condition.

You can either open up the regulator to adjust the cutout points so the regulator functions properly or take it along with your generator to a specialist to correct the problem.

11-25-2022 @ 5:49 AM
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No start you say? Does the engine turn over? If so, does it turn over as it normally did? What is the voltage at the battery?

Mike "Kube" Kubarth

11-25-2022 @ 7:10 AM
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6.52 V at the battery and the motor spins freely just like it did before the regulator replacement. Just wont start. not even a pop.

11-25-2022 @ 7:30 AM
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Thanks for your reply. Thats over my head but I'll take it to my brothers and have him check it. I too purchased one of the "bright blue" voltage regulators. I called the supplier because to me even the mounts looked different and I could not figure out how the grommets were going to work. The sales person assured me this was what I needed. Well, no slots for the grommets. The beautiful "antique" phillips head screws that hold the bright blue cover on must have taken a while to source. Yes, I can paint the cover, find replacement slotted screws to hold the cover on and even grind the edge off the mounting ears so I can use the grommets. I could also have used two of the ears to mount a regulator off a tractor which would have done the same thing. Trying to preserve the originality of antiques can be a real PITA some times!

This message was edited by 2manybikes on 11-25-22 @ 3:27 PM

11-25-2022 @ 3:09 PM
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for some reason you lost voltage to your ignition switch, there has to be a broken wire or loose connection,
try running a jumper wire directly from the battery terminal to the coil, make up a jumper wire, with alligator clips,
then crank the motor over and see if it starts,
if it does start checking your circuit from the STARTER solinoid, to the ignition switch, this is were the ignition switch should pick up voltage,
CHECK ALL your fuses,
hope this helps 37Ragtopman

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