We sometimes get so fixated on all the high tech stuff nowadays that we forget about what we really need for a project. What I mean by this is the fact that all the EFI, electric fans, electronic ignitions, electronic transmissions, coolers, stereos, electric windows, touch screens, and what have you are what we all think about in every project nowadays, but in truth there are plenty out there that just don’t need or have most of this stuff. Take this plain jane simple hot rod that Todd Ryden is putting together. It’s a ’40 Ford with a small block in it, and it has a carburetor, distributor, LED tail lights, headlights, and an electric fan. That’s it. No other “stuff” that takes up lots of electrical power.
So while I’m normally a fan of putting a giant alternator on anything and everything, so that you never have an issue with enough amperage, this is a project where that just doesn’t make sense. Plus, the larger alternators look out of place, don’t fit, and are a pain to mount in something this tight. So why not go with something that will provide all the amperage needed, fit in the tight space, and mount easily?
That’s exactly what Todd decided to do and this little 100mm Powermaster alternator is just what the doctor ordered. Watch the video below, and look at the link below to find an alternator or starter for your hot rod or race car. They have offerings from mild to wild in all kinds of configurations.