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After a moderate time in storage, the 1970 Cadillac started well on her own battery. She was driven home, about ten miles - then it would not start as a result of a discharged battery. After a jump-start, a quick check showed that the wire between the alternator and the battery was right at 12-volts, rather than the expected 14 +/- volts which would have been typical. After checking wires and contacts, I removed the alternator and took it to the brand new Autozone store where they checked it and said that it was putting out over 14 volts. Since I plan to tour cross-country with this old girl (the car), I bought a new Voltage Regulator, and a new Alternator (which they also checked and was showing over 14 volts). Back home, I re-installed the old but good alternator and the new regulator. The same condition - only 12 volts, so then I swapped out for the new alternator - same lack of results !! What am I missing? In the old days we had to polarize by jumping across terminals on the regulator, but I didn't think this was a factor with an alternator. I'm at a loss, and don't have much more hair to pull out. What am I doing wrong? What do I need to do to get the system charging? I appreciate any help and advice for you all - notably the best bunch on the planet. Thanks in advance for your thoughts, Marty
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