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How to hook up a single wire alternator by kk lowell the general motors one wire alternator needs to have only one wire connected to operate this feature has made this unit popular with car enthusiasts and off road truck builders with the proper brackets this alternator can be used with just about any engine and vehicle combination . Installing a one wire gm alternator makes the process of adding an alternator to a vehicle originally equipped with a generator very simple one wire alternators are also used by people in the performance car field to help make the car lighter as there are fewer wires to add weight to the vehicle. The only thing you need to hook up on a one wire alternator is a charge wire from the terminal on the alternator to the positive terminal on the battery or any positive battery source the external regulator can either be totally dismantled from the firewall or left in place if left in place be sure to disconnect the wiring harness from the . This video shows you how to wire a single wire alternator on tractors we are showing this example on an mf 35 deluxe tractor but the same wiring will work on all single wire alternators