X2 on the Wells upgrade to Solid State.
If you are looking for an original Mechanical VR then try Heartbeatcity but expect to mortgage the farm first.
Really? $60 for a quality US made mechanical reg is what you consider is overly expensive? I think the price is very reasonable given all their intricate parts and to produce them on real American wages.
I bought a VR715 and oh my what a lightweight el cheapo piece they are. Not knocking solid state, but I would never buy a mechanical of compareable quality.
The company that rebuild my Delco suggested to use the mechanical over the solid state.. Don't know why, but I do and it's good.http://www.heartbeatcitycamaro.com/store/product/21981/Camaro-Voltage-regulator-quality-USA-67-68-69/