Hello there! So here’s the deal. My brother kicked down his little sister his old 1980 toyota pickup. It’s a rust bucket but I love Boop. In fact, as a kid I always said I was going to get a little red truck and then drive it until the wheels fell off, and then repair it and learn how to take proper care of my cars.
Well, the wheels didn’t fall off, but the alternator appears to have given up the ghost. I was able to keep her running for a while by keeping her on a trickle charger over night and could get two-maybe three good starts out of the battery before she died on me.
Being a college student, I parked her for a couple of years (got a couple of parking tickets) and finally have the summer to devote to her. I’d like to get Boop up and running before my senior year starts this coming fall but my mechanically indeed brother moved to Tulsa and his advice has been to find a forum online to get help and look at YouTube videos.
Being a Cartalk fan, I thought I would start here.
I called my local parts dealer and he wants me to find out if it’s a 4 or 5 wire alternator. So I started yanking on things and can’t get the damned plug out. Nor can I seem to pull the battery’s connections off to make sure I don’t get a shock from the (assumidly dead as a door nail) battery.
Tldr; first one trying to work on my truck. Newbie to the niner. Advice/suggestions/encouragement on pulling out the alternator from a '80 toyota pickup?