One of the benefits of owning a GM truck or SUV with a 350 under the hood: the alternator isn’t buried behind or under the engine. (We’re looking at you, Porsche.) It’s right up top — right in your face. And that also makes it second only to chrome valve covers in terms of cheap but effective dress-up purchases.
This is doubly true if you happen to find yourself with a bum alternator. The 100 A model pictured above will directly bolt in to replace any GM alternator from 1965 to 1986 — yeah, those GM engineers love the status quo — and’ll set you back just $100. That sounds like a lot, but take out the $80 or so you’ll pay for a plain Jane alternator, and the cheap ‘n pretty economics become clear.
It’s available from Eastwood right now, but don’t rush to buy. Unless, of course, the prom’s tonight. You can find these from all sorts of sources for similar money — probably even somewhere local.