You need the screws in them because the old, separate reg/ rec works after the rotor and the new, combined, solid state reg/rec works before the rotor. I'm almost positive it has nothing to do with the Pamco. It's the regulator and rectifier that matters.
The regulator in the combined reg / rect works the same as the separate regulator, it's just in the same box as the rectifier. However, the combo reg / rect provide a pulsed ground to one rotor brush so the other brush needs battery, whereas the separate regulator provides a pulsed battery to one rotor brush so the other brush is grounded.
Using Nylon screws allows you to unground the grounded brush in earlier engines so you can apply battery in place of the ground which allows you to use the later combo reg / rect or other aftermarket regulators, such as the Chrysler regulator.
Ok so.. My rotor must be from a newer motor because I didn't need the nylon screws.. The brush assembly is all plastic, and the threaded holes for the brush z brackets (my best description) do not contact any screws that dont only contact plastic. Its definitely ungrounded.
It's not the rotor. It's the stator. The stator has the brush holder. I you have your stock stator ('77) then you will need the nylon screws for either a '80 to '83 reg / rect or the Chrysler regulator. You do not need the nylon screws if you are using the stock separate mechanical (relay) regulator.
it seems ungrounded to me. I took electrical engineering in school, not saying im smart lol but the brushes themselves as well as the screws/threads and the brush holders are all suspended in plastic not touching the sides.. seemed ungrounded to me, can't seem to find a spot that would ground it.
that pickup has since been removed since I put your pamco ignition on
I have what appears to be an '80's stator in my '79 special too. I just bought a brand new wiring harness and its all installed, but where (if at all) does the lil magnetic module on the stator hook up? it has a red, a black, and a gray wire. also I've got what I believe to be the combo reg/rec and is wired in using the red, black, and three whites, but I can't figure out where the extra green and brown wires go, I've even tried following some videos on youtube and that doesn't seem to do the trick. any help?
The little magnetic mudule on the stator is the pick ups for the TCI. If you are using the points from the 79 it can be removed.
If you have a stock combo reg/rec it has the Red, Black, Three Whites, A brown and a greeen wire.
On your 80 up stator the wires coming up from it are Three Whites, a Brown, A Green a Yellow And a Sky Blue. As far as the alternator goes you only need the three whites, the brown and green wires.
On your reg/rec the three whites go to the three white on the stator, the red to battery positive, the black to battery negative, the brown to power after the key switch, the green wire to the green wire to the stator.
The brown wire from the stator goes to power after the key switch. Often peolpe hook the brown wire from the stator to the brown wire from the reg/rec together and run a brown wire from that connection through a fuse and hook it to power after the key switch.
I like this diagram. If you look it shows the early seperate reg and rec hooked up. It also has a box with the later combo reg/rec. you just swap the box for the early set up.