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Yup, he's right--the '56 is already a 12 volt system. I had the same thoughts when I bought my '54, and it was already a 12 volt, too. What might be throwing you is that it's a generator system, rather than a modern-style alternator charging system.<BR>There's really nothing too bad about having a generator. I've got A/C on mine, and it keeps up just fine.<BR>If you elect to stick with the generator, here are a couple of tips I've learned along the way:<BR>Shop around and have it rebuilt by a reputable shop. I paid one guy $65 for what turned out to be a re-paint, new bearing and brushes. I found a little mom&pop shop that put in brand new windings, etc. and did a true rebuild for $35 after the first rebuild burned out.<BR>A good shop can "beef" them up a bit.<BR>From the factory, there were heavy duty generators that put out a little more power. These were found on factory A/C cars, cars with lots of power accessories, ambulances, trucks, etc. <BR>Our generators are the same as those found on '55-57 Chevys (except Power Steering). Classic Chevy International used to offer a generator rebuild kit (1-800-456-1957 for info)<BR>Finally, if you don't already have one, get yourself a factory shop manual. Honestly, you should never own an old car and not have the manual for it. By and large, local service centers are useless as far as we're concerned, so we're on our own. A factory manual, and a Motors Repair Manual (NOT the Flat Rate Manual) from the time period will help with your diagnostics. If you can't score these at a local swap meet, call 1-800-MOTORHEAD and order their Vintage Parts Locator for Buicks--it's a national directory of everyone who sells anything Buick related, including literature. These three manuals will answer almost all your questions, and they're worth every penny.<BR>Good Luck!<BR>-Brad

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Here's a shop manual for you on ebay! <A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=546706177&r=0&t=0" TARGET=_blank>http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/ebayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=546706177&r=0&t=0</A> <P>------------------<BR>Roberta<BR>BCA TREASURER 2000-2001<BR>BCA PRESIDENT 1998-2000<BR>BCA VICE PRESIDENT 1997-1998<BR>WEBMASTER<BR>Director-Michigan Chapter- Gran Sport Club of America 1989-Present<BR>http://www.geocities.com/buickracer<BR>1956 Special 2 door Sedan<BR>1966 Wildcats<BR>1968 GS-400 Convertible 4-speed<BR>1970 GSX Stage 1<BR>1970 Skylark Racecar - 11.26, 118 MPH, 7/22/00<BR>1986 GN, 4800 miles

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Another 'Must Have' with old cars... and even not so old cars is a multimeter. Besides the manuals, it's been the best $49 dollars I've spent so far.<P>Olds owner may have been persuasive, but the digital voltmeter function would have quickly shown you the true path....<P>Cheers,<BR>John<P>------------------<BR>John Chapman<BR>BCA 35894<BR>1965 Skylark Convertible (Some Assembly Required)<BR> jmchapman@aol.com

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Yes, '54 was the change over year--first year it was standard.<BR>As for the volt meter, Craftsman has an excellent digital model in a hard plastic case for something like $30.00. I keep one in the tool box I keep in the trunk. But when it comes to really convincing people what your generator puts out, it's really hard to beat the little tag riveted to the case.

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Volt meter is a great idea, too, and I have one. The car, however is covered in three-feet of snow. Maybe I should have just waited until I could get under the hood before I came 'a posting.

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yeah, but then you have to live in california frown.gif <P>(i can hear the song now... learn to swim, learn to swim, in arizona bay)<BR><P>------------------<BR>allan<BR>--------------<BR>50 special, 455/th400<BR>64 stude gt hawk, 289/auto<BR>76 poncho GP, 400/th400

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