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UtahGOgear
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 11:04 pm    Post subject: Simple Yet Daft Alternator Question Reply with quote

Will an alternator from an '85 Vanagon fit into the '78 bus?

The scenario- we have a '78 camper that is missing an alternator. We also have an '85 Vanagon that no longer needs it's alternator (engine swap coming soon...)

Match made in heaven, or too good to be true? I looked all over online and can't really tell if they would match up or mount the same way. I'd imagine they would, but really want to make sure before I wait a few days to put it in and realize I could have just ordered a new one instead and had it by then.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 4:14 am    Post subject: Re: Simple Yet Daft Alternator Question Reply with quote

90amps on the vano, to 65 on the bus. diff part number, and looks like diff mounting points on the bracket attached to the alt. Can you swap mounting bracket? maybe. The Amp thing would put me off
http://www.gowesty.com/product/electrical/3773/alternator---water-cooled
http://www.gowesty.com/product/electrical/3776/alternator---air-cooled
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:56 am    Post subject: Re: Simple Yet Daft Alternator Question Reply with quote

Yeah that amp difference is kind of freaky Shocked I'll just order a new one.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:56 am    Post subject: Re: Simple Yet Daft Alternator Question Reply with quote

Different design, especially as far as cooling. In a pinch I would try the install to get home, but not for long term use. Some people claim to have good success in running other alternators on a Bay, but I don't see the reason (as yet) to go down that road. I do have a Delco on my 83 1/2, that was an easy enough swap.
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