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Old 11-06-2012
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Just wondering if it is possible to remove the alternator through the dog house in order to avoid draining the coolant and removing the radiator?
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Yes, but the belt may fight you. You will have to retension the belt when you install the alternator. It can be done. Look on John Finn's posts and he has a plan to make a device to help tension belts made from a block of wood. DON"T use a crowbar. My 1980 FC35 has a turnbuckle device making alternator belt tensioning easy, but different years of BB have used various methods.

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I have read on a forum that it is possible, But I have not and doubt that it is the right thing to do,
while still properly adjusting the belts. Others may have direct experience.
As in the BB world, there are not many shortcuts.
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Hi,
Just wondering if it is possible to remove the alternator through the dog house in order to avoid draining the coolant and removing the radiator?
This doesn't answer your question but it sounds like you do not have a swing radiator. If you can spare the downtime and have a place to do it, go ahead and do the swing radiator conversion. It will make issues such as what you are having now with the alternator, much easier to address in the future. I can have my radiator open in 15 minutes or less....
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if you need an alternator,you need belts too.
If this is a side of the road repair,try to do it through the doghouse,if its at home,pull the rad.
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thanks for all the help and advice.
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One way is to remove the dog house lid (pins) and place a board across the dog house opening. Then you can lay over the engine and work on it. It's not as comfortable as removing the radiator but if you're on the side of the road this method works pretty good..

umm I hear.. not that I've ever done it.
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Is it normal for the alternator to have low output at idle? When I give it acceleration it puts out fine. I have a voltage reader that I have plugged into the cigarette lighter on the dash.
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Sandy John has the best idea that is if you are going to keep the FC and travel with it. Throwing a belt on the road may cost you more then the swing radiator converstion.
I tried replacing the alternator thru the doghouse on my previoius 1982 FC35 even though it had a swing radiator. The swing radiator just would not open far enough to let me get at the alernator. Whomever did the swing radiator job didnt do it correctly and only a stick could squeeze thru it.
Finally redid the swing radiator and then doing anything in the engine compartment was easy.
Here is how to do it.

Here is how to make the tool to adjust the power steering pump and alternator easily and also pics of the swing radiator. Just use some threaded rod and hard wood cut out with a curve that will fit against the pully and where you will push off from:
p://tinyurl.com/metjjl
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