So I wired my alternator wrong...
After getting the wiring on my car (1970 camaro) pretty much buttoned up and sorted out I had to take her out to get exhaust work done. The two weeks before this I left my red top Optima hooked up and all was fine. The headlights worked when I turned them on and the car would turn over and start.
The day came when I had to load it up to get my exhaust done. So i went to start it, and I got nothing. No crank, no lites, it was dead. So I pushed it out and boosted it with my jeep. This kept it running for maybe a minute and then it would sputter and die. I was able to start it up a couple more times, but each time it died, then after that it just wouldn't turn over. I was mad.
I did the internal regulator conversion to the car. I was surfing through old posts on this site looking for tips. I thought something was draining my battery. I went out to my car and pulled the neg. cable off the battery and checked for a drain with a test light, nothing. I remember a couple of posts about people wiring the alternator wrong when doing the conversion, so I checked mine, and sure enough I had #1 and #2 connectors wired backwards.
I quickly fixed this, charged the battery for awhile, and then started the car up. Now it would run and idle fine, no stalling. I checked the battery with a multimeter and it read about 15 volts.
So what I really want to know is while the #1 and #2 wires were mixed up, what exactly was happening in my charging system?
Also, THANK YOU for the information. This is by far the best electrical forum for chevy's out there.
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