Voltage Regulator Replacement
Applicable Years: C2, early C3
Skill Level: 1 Wrench
Tools Required: Ratchet and sockets or nut drivers
Time Required: 1/2-hour
Parts Source: Corvette Central
Always use a cushioned fender apron when working under the hood of your Corvette to protect against scratches from belt buckles. The replacement voltage regulator is resting on the apron above the old one it will be replacing. The year 1968 was the last year the Corvette was equipped with an external discrete voltage regulator; GM switched to integrated units with the '69 model year.>
Replacing the voltage regulator is a very simple procedure on midyears and the '68 shark. (Starting with the '69 Corvette, GM switched to an internal voltage regulator that was integrated with the alternator).
The condenser is held to the...
The condenser is held to the side of the voltage regulator frame with a sheetmetal screw, and this is the first item to be removed. A nut driver or 1/4-inch-drive socket does the job nicely. Next, the regulator mounting screws come out.
Unsnap the harness connector,...
Unsnap the harness connector, then the condenser pigtail connector, and remove the old regulator. Installation of the new unit is the exact reversal of the removal procedures.
The new aftermarket voltage...
The new aftermarket voltage regulator is completely installed. A tip: If you're concerned about looking authentic, you can swap the top caps of the regulators so the new unit uses the original Delco Remy top from the old regulator. A light coat of satin black will make it look like an OEM replacement unit.
As always, whenever you're working on anything that has to do with the electrical system in your Corvette, be sure to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery before you do anything else. This will not only prevent you from getting a nasty shock, it will also prevent any damage to the electrical components as you work with them.
When all of those tasks are done, you can remove the old regulator and install the new one by reversing all the steps.