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Looking down at the generator from the top which arm is the Field and which is the Armature?

If I'm not mistaken the left would be Armature and the right would be Field correct?
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Look really closely on the generator housing. The "A" and "F" should be stamped near the terminals.
Usually the A is on the left but there's no guarantee. Some are different. If you can't find the stampings you can tell by looking at the brush leads. The one that's riveted to the brush plate goes to the "F" terminal.
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Most have the A being closer to the front. I have actually seen one that is opposite. It is an older one. Did not know it was different until it would not work; opened it up and said "this is wired wrong"; then realized it was opposite.

Scrape off some paint and look closely for the indented letters in the metal case.
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