My '62 has eaten her SIXTH generator in a year and a half. The most recent two lasted 250 miles and 100 miles respectively.
First question: any idea why they could be lasting so little time? I bought the last 2 generators brand new, and they've got a lifetime warranty, so I've just been swapping them out.
Second question: as a long-term solution, could I just remove the generator entirely and fabricate some device to keep the tension on the belt. That way, the fan would still spin. And between drives, my trickle charger would bring the battery back up.