2. Charging System This is the heart of the electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of the electrical system.
A Chevrolet Corvair Convertible...my very first car, in '67. My little demon had a souped-up sound system (which is why it's on my "Music Board")...a pair of Radio Shack speakers connected to a D-cell battery-powered portable cassette player! By the way, Prince wrote a song about this little red Corvair, then decided the lyrics needed more panache....and that's how that song about the Corvette was born! (ha, ha!)