1979 VOLKSWAGEN VAN ALTERNATOR SMOKING

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  • fandlguitars
  • 1979 Volkswagen Van

Electrical problem
1979 Volkswagen Van 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 120000 miles

I just got my 1979 vw transporter bus out on the street for the first time after installing a new alternator and new battery. I had just bought it and it had been sitting for 9 years, I did all the normal tune up necessities. It idled great when it sat but once it got halfway down the road it started smoking and the battery died. When I looked in the engine compartment to check it out the wiring from the back of the alternator had been melted and the alternator had been smoking. The alternator belt had also kicked been kicked off. Any ideas on what the problem might be?
-Kenneth

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Friday, July 16th, 2010 AT 11:24 PM

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  • Dr Loot
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Obviously know over look at some wires that may have been exposed or cock inside the belt, investigate the crime scene and see if you can figure out what happened and give me more details

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Monday, October 4th, 2010 AT 11:08 PM

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