It turned out to be a complete rebuild, as you've said. Practically
everything in the alternator was gone or about to fail. The good news is
that it only cost me around $270. The bad news is that the cause of
failure is oil from the infamous head gasket leak...
About the leak, what (apart from the alternator) is damaged if I keep
driving with the leak. I intend to sell the car anyway (well, I've been
selling it for a few months now and there are no buyers - I guess I'll
have to lower the price), so I've no intention of throwing away around
$1500 on such a repair.
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