i have an original 1950 Ferguson TO 30, was thinking about converting it to 12 volt as i believe the generator isnt charging and the 2 year old 110 $ battery is shot. whats the pros and cons of installing an alternator kit
I'd mount that ballast resistor to the underside of the alternator bracket for a cleaner job. bye bye tie wrapThe only thing it interferes with at all is the one spark plug wire and that's not really a big deal. As for the wiring itself, the messiest thing I can find (which you can see in the image) is the ballast resistor zip tied to the coil. I can easily remedy this by replacing the coil with an internally resisted one.
It's actually a capillary tube and the bulb filled with a type of alcohol. I've seen them ruined by over bending or kinking. One guy on a truck forum thought he could un-braze the gauge to move it. (lazy I guess). His description of the result was a 10 inch blow torch that almost set the back of the dash on fire.braided wire.