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Old 12-01-2017, 06:26 PM
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... i've have the car since jan 2003. I've been on the OperationX for 2700 days, so i've owned the car for about 5400 days (nearly 15 years)
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Hey its warm and out of the single digits. Hop to it! Lol

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haha... The cold kill my battery. I'm getting stuff lined up though.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:58 PM
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The cold snap in the weather killed my 2yr old battery. Amazon honored the 36mo warranty and sent me another free of charge. It did take about 30 minutes on the phone while they figured out how to figure what to mark it as in their system. Apparently it not that common.

I finally got it installed and can daily the Camaro again. It's more than a week since I had to park it due to the snow and dead battery.

While I was wrenching I decided to pull the Powermaster Alternator and send it to them to convert it to a 1 Wire operation. That has been my voltage drop issue from the beginning. The computer sends the signal to the alternator to command it to charge. Once it drops below a certain RPM the car will turn off the alternator. Since my RPM lopes in the 600's it drops below the threshold. I could probably trick it by installing a circuit that delays the switching on or off. but the alternator can be fitted with a one wire operation module that allows me to go down as far as 450rpm. This feels like the best solution. Until I get it back from Powermaster its back to stock.


New battery & Alt swap back to stock:



I also made a Flywheel lock that I hope will let me tighten or loosen the crank bolt without having to hold it myself or have someone hold it for me. They don't make one for the 3800 that sits in the bellhousing like this. Or if they do they want an arm or leg for it. I may have to trim the lock in places when I test fit it. I basically guessed on the dimensions. So, if it actually works as it is, I'm going to feel a little sad that I can dream up parts with such accuracy. This just means I've spent too many wrench hours under the car.

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To my surprise my alternator arrive back at the house. I called them Wednesday to check on it and apparently they had already shipped it back to me. I have to say that is good customer service. Thank You Powermaster! I sent it to them to convert it to a One Wire operation. It was supposed to cost about 20 bucks. I didn't have to pay anything. So Thank You again Powermaster!

I couldn't wait to get it back on the car to see if my problem was resolved.

Recap: My idle on the car is about 650 and when the rpm dips from letting off the gas, the voltage drops to 11v instantly. Through my testing I found that the alternator was being told to turn off. The Computer or something else probably shuts off charging at 600 rpm. Powermaster told me the spec of a One Wire operation and my math tells me I can go down to 450 rpm before the alternator turns itself off. That sounded promising, so I shipped my alternator out to them.

I got it installed and it appears so far that I'm not having that problem anymore. However, I need to change my rpm back down to 650 since I changed it to 725 or 750 until I got my alternator issue sorted out. And I need to load the system with lights, AC, fan on high, and the radiator fan running to know if the alternator can keep up at idle. The Test results attached to the Alternator says 105 amps at idle, so I'll bet if it doesn't turn off that it's going to be plenty.

I will update again after making all the changes to the tune.

The package had a lot of stuff including business cards, catalogs, and stickers. But nothing mentioning what was done or how much I owed.



This plug lets me assume I dont need the factory harness.



So now the factory plug gets to hang out back here.

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Good deal. Nice when things work out that way. I may need to buy one from them for mine cause I like the low idle too lol

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Make sure it is One Wire capable. that is all you need.
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Yea you can run these older ones as a one wire. I don't even have to send it out. Just run the larger red wire to the lug on the back. Though power master does the mod internally.

I'll probably just order it from them anyway. No more parts store electronics for me. Alternator isn't doing the best and the starter is crap. When it's hot I have to key cycle a few times until it'll actually engage the flywheel

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Dustin, what kind of pulley did you get for your Alternator? Wouldn't mind getting my idle a bit lower too. Mine currently idles around 850-1k
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well on a stock 7 in crank pulley the lowest diamater alt pulley you can go is 2.3in in diameter before you start going passed the 18000 rpm on the alternator.

I've determined that the computer or some other device stops charging if the rpm goes below 600rpm give or take. stock rpm should be about 725 or 750. the gauge may not show the correct speed.

mine was only a problem because of lopeing it would bounce between 600-700 which made it stop and start and stop charging. the voltage would bounce up and down. this is because the wire that tells the alternator to charge would shut off somewhere around 600 rpm. I fixed this of course by sending it to powermaster to convert it to a 1 wire operation. with 1 wire operation the alternator shuts itself off when the rpms get low. but the rpms on the alternator are 3 times as much as the engine so i can drop to about 450rpm before the alternator will shut off.


i hope this made sense, but there is a 50/50 chance it didn't lol.
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