Avenue Antique Auto Parts located in Clay Center, Kansas
introduced their 6 volt alternator in 1987. Since that time
it has proven to be reliable in a number of different applications,
including the Great American Race. Fifth Avenue's 6 volt
has an output of (60) amps, (7.5) volts, which is 60% greater
than the original equipment style generator systems. In
the alternator has a solid state regulator built inside of
the alternator. Owners of this new 6-Volt Alternator
report easier starting, brighter headlights, and the end
batteries. We had some questions about this new 6-Volt
so we sent our ace automotive reporter to, "get the facts."
The main advantage is the ability to recharge the battery
at idle and low RPMs. In addition, the (60) amp output of
this new alternator provides a quick recovery of a low battery
as well as being able to create a strong reserve of electrical
energy. Since the battery is now being kept fully charged,
there is no longer the constant charging/discharging of the
battery which greatly increases the life of the battery.
electrical system is positive ground if the positive
(+) battery cable is connected to the engine block or frame,
and the negative (-) cable
is connected to the battery terminal of the starter,
or solenoid. You will need to reverse the polarity of your
system in order to take advantage of a modern alternator
charging system. Its simple to reverse the polarity—just
two easy steps.
reverse the battery cables at the battery. Second,
reverse the wires on the amp gauge. The one known exception
is 1939 and '40 Fords which use a Buss Bar type of amp gauge.
This type of gauge will read either polarity with no changes.
Your system is now negative ground. If you have any polarity
sensitive accessories such as a factory radio or dash clock,
it is a good idea to consult a competent radio shop for advice.
Avenue offers a wide selection of drive pulleys to fit most
any application. The cost of the alternator drive pulley
is included in the price of the alternator.
All pulleys are made of top quality machined steel and carry
a lifetime warranty against breakage. Some of the pulley
sizes available include (3/8") single groove, (3/8")
dual groove, (1/2" - 3/4") single groove, and (1/2")