is a 1979 Morgan
461 (46'), 1987 Perkins
4.236 85hp. Purchased January 2017. Everything ran fine during transit from Florida
home in Mississippi
. First week of May, developed rampant electrical
It has a Leece-Neville 14v 100a alternator
Type No." tag reads 250013) that I pulled and had tested. It's shot. The diodes are bad and the bearing sounds like it's about to go.
It also has a Magnum Energy ME2012 inverter/charger that appears to be shot. Neither 120V circuit worked until I took the inverter/charger out of the circuit. There is a definite burnt silicone smell. The battery
(attaches to neg battery
post, plugs into ME2012 port) was partially melted. The serial
number indicates that it dates from 2014.
I intended to send the ME inverter/charger to the nearest authorized service
center to see if it can be serviced (although the shipping
charges are likely going to be huge based on its weight and the fact that the nearest ASC is 400 miles away). In any event, intend to replace with repaired or similar device.
My question is whether there's any reason to buy an alternator
with a regulator
, like a Balmar
, if I'm going to re-install the ME inverter/charger (or a similar inverter/charger), or whether just to get another off-the-shelf high-output alternator. (The local alternator shop is asking $200 for their "100 amp" alternators, which they say "test to more like 150-160 amps," but I'm a little wary of going with something built by the little alternator shop.)
In case the information is helpful, I have house bank of six 6V batteries
wired in series/parallel, no separate starting battery. Separate batteries
for each of the generator
battery not connected to the inverter/charger. There currently is no solar
power, but I plan to add both.
I realize that there are several threads on alternators on the forums
. I've read many of them and tried to search for the answer to my question. I don't know whether others share the opinion, but I find the forum's search function to be not particularly robust.
Thanks for any thoughts.