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Old 08-27-2011, 09:48 PM
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6 volt to 12 volt conversion

Can anyone tell me where to start? I searched the forums but did not turn up anything useful. Thanks in advance!

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I have never done this but IMO......
How is the wiring?.... If it's old and worn.... replace
Alt.... I'd go with a newer style, internal regulator type (which will take care of your old 6v regulator)
Battery
Light bulbs, youll have to change every one, to include the gauges, dome, marker, head lights etc
Fuses should be OK, but if Im going thru all this trouble Id replace them along with the wiring
Starter
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AC/Heater blower motor, if equipped
Horn, should work for a while at least
Gauges, if they are electrical they will have to be rebuilt or a voltage limiting resister installed
Probably missed some things
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new drive train ?

6 starters will work ok. just dont crank more than 5 seconds on them. you should have the engine tuned so it will start quicker than that, back in the day we used to put in a 6 volt starter in a 12 volt car so we could get the car to start in below ZERO weather.... have you checked the links at the bottom of this page ?

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:11 PM
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I have not checked those links at the bottom of the pge but i will. Thanks for everyones input! Its will be the first of many questions...LOL
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what ar you converting. fords represent some different isues,likepositive ground.gauges will need a special transformer.available at most rero typstores or web sites.the 6volt stater will work fine.heater moter will survive cliff
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I'd think about keeping the starter, I guess it would depend on availibility of the 12v one, they really are not that expensive, and no way I'd be left stranded for a 100 bucks.
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May I ask, what is it that you don't like about the 6 volt system?
Do you have a starting problem? or are the headlights too weak? There are a number of things that can be done to improve these without having to convert.

I was going to convert my old '48 to 12 volts during the restoration ..and I am so glad I didn't now.


I wanted to switch to 12 volt because 6 volts components were hard to get..BUT there is NOTHING I have not been able to get between the local jobbers, specialty suppliers and of course..eBay.

No matter which way you look at it, converting the system is a PITA. It takes money, time and effort. And yes, there are benefits..I won't deny that, but there are ways of improving the drive-ability of 6 volts cars/trucks.

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