Installing a GM alternator in a 1972 Triumph GT-6 Mk III
New parts: 1 GM 7127 alternator (55 Amp Unit), 1 GM Alternator 2-Wire plug replacement end, 1 Crimp-on connector, Heat shrink tubing, 1-inch metal tube spacer, 53″ fan belt to replace the existing belt.
Overall cost in 1998: $50.00 including new bolts, belt, alternator, washers, connectors, & plug. Sure beat the heck out of a new/rebuilt cost of a Lucas Alternator with a lesser output.
Labor: Actually, it wasn’t that hard. Maybe about 1/2 hour to 1 hour, depending on skill level.
- Unhook positive cable from battery. Do Not Skip This Step!!!!!!!!!
- Unplug wires from the alternator.
- Remove Lucas alternator from brackets/mounts on the engine.
- Move upper swing arm bracket to a new location at the bottom front of the engine.
- Trim old plug off of wire & slip on heat shrink tubing.
- Crimp on post connector to largest of Brown wires (The one going to the Starter/Battery).
- Splice the brown/yellow wire to the terminal 1 wire on the replacement GM plug.
- Splice the remaining brown wire to the terminal 2 wire on the replacement GM plug.
- Heat up the heat-shrink tubing and seal the wires.
- Mount Alternator in place. You will need to use a 1-inch spacer block/tube on the swing arm bracket, this will necessitate a new bolt to mount it. Don’t forget the belt.
- Connect the crimped connector to the (+) positive mount on the alternator and plug in the GM plug into the alternator.
- Double check wiring, then re-attach battery cable.
- Enjoy the alternator’s output.
See pictures below for additional info. Unfortunately, the replacement plug came with 2 white wires.