David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/19/13 9:31 a.m.

A couple of days after picking up our 1975 Pontiac Catalina Safari, we were down for the count: car wouldn't start. Hmmm, maybe that's why AAA had to replace the battery before we could drive it home after buying it.

We called AAA for a jump, and the car quickly came to life. A check of the alternator revealed some trouble, though, as our alternator was putting out less than 11 volts.

Lenz, an alternator rebuilding house located down the street from our offices, had a replacement on the shelf. For $60, they put us back in business.

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