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Old 09-19-2009, 05:38 PM
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When doing a 6v to 12v conversion...

I am a totally noob so bear with me.

When doing a 6 to 12v conversion, how do I know what type of ignition coil, condensor, point, alternator etc will work for my car. I am trying to figure this all out on the fly and a days worth of internet searching has still left me with many questions unanswered.

I have a '51 Packard 200 Deluxe if that helps.

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ignition coil can be a 12 volt. Either internal or external resistor type (with resistor) will work. Stock points and condenser will work on 12 volts. The simplest alternator to use is a GM one wire. Next would be a GM two wire with one terminal jumped. Your 6 volt wiring will be alright to use.
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The wiring has to go regardless. It is original and needless to say an electrical fire hazard at best. I am not particularly partial to 6v or 12v, either way is fine with me. But since the original components probably need to be replaced in any case (car sat in a field for 10 years - the previous owner said they started it six months ago but I don't believe it since rust fell out of the radiator hoses upon disconnecting it and it has no belts of any kind). Is it better to go 12v? Is there some huge advantage or disadvantage? Is there some resource (web or otherwise) that can help me determine all things that need to be converted?
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Since you are going to rewire it there would be no doubt as far as I am concerned that I would go 12 volt.

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