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Taylormade

First Start Question

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I admit the electrical end of auto restoration is my weakness.  So, possibly a dumb question, but when first starting a motor, will you damage the generator if you run the motor without hooking up the generator to the wiring harness.  I just want to make sure the motor runs properly and the water pump works before I start hooking everything up under the dash.  1932 Dodge Brothers DL.  

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I am no electrical whiz by any means, but I think as long as the contacts on the wires that go to the generator do not touch anything, all it will do is discharge the battery if you run it too long.

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Won't hurt the generator at all. It won't do anything until it is hooked up to the voltage regulator and the field supplied with electricity. If the generator has been rebuilt, or the car off the road for a long time, meaning several years, you may need to polarize the generator to get it to work at all. This costs nothing and only takes a few seconds.

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