Dec 23, 2011 update to the Innocenti Mini Cooper project car

Generating Some Electricity

Our Mini might soon rejoin the living.
Our rebuilt generator looks good.

Since then the car has sat. And sat. And sat. Yes, we know that makes us horrible people, but we recently moved the car to the front burner.

Last time we checked in with our Innocenti Mini Cooper—yeah, it’s been a while—the generator had gone kaput. Something burned up while we were out for a drive.

Since then the car has sat. And sat. And sat. Yes, we know that makes us horrible people, but we recently moved the car to the front burner.

We decided to keep our car original and retain the generator. While alternator conversions are popular, we’re not running a monster stereo or aftermarket ignition. In fact, the driving lights aren’t even hooked up.

Moss Motors sells a brand-new generator for about $160, but we had ours rebuilt locally at Doug Lenz Auto Electric for a few bucks less. They said that the field and armature were gone, but their standard operating procedure is to rebuild the entire thing.

We dropped it off on Friday and picked it up on Monday. They even warranty their work for a year.

Will the car restart once we button up the alternator? We’ll see. Fingers crossed.

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