That deep amber headlight glow,
the slow like molasses whirr of the starter,
leaving the please start this time feeling...
All the tendencies of a 6-volt system.
It's a bit masochistic,
I've wondered why to stick with it many times.
The old hot rod out in the weather,
with just a flimsy cover or two.
A spare 12v battery would jump start no problem,
after that there was just enough charging,
to keep the flathead running.
time to tackle the issue.
The voltmeter showed a trickle charge of 5.94 volts.
First thing was cleaning the generator armature.
but a thorough shining didn't fix the problem,
only changed it.
Now the voltmeter read an intermittent charge,
blinking from 4-7 volts.
led to a couple pieces of melted solder,
and a broken joint.
That would do it!
I tried resoldering resulting in a total flatline.
of course 1000 miles away.
and sent a care package up,
including my knife I couldn't take carry-on,
and the good ole parks and rec check.
but I'll need to clean the starter soon.
I'll be screwed once these batteries die,
new Optima 6-volts are notoriously less long lasting.
These two are 8-10 years old!!
The flat battery storage will need rearranging if a change is needed.