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6V VS. 12V
#1342067 Tue Jan 14 2020 03:51 AM
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Is it worth while to convert my 1950 3100 from a 6 volt system to a12 volt system

Last edited by Coltonk; Tue Jan 14 2020 03:51 AM.

Colton Kenshol
Hermiston, Oregon

1950 Chevy 3100
216 Motor
Mostly Original..
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342068 Tue Jan 14 2020 03:56 AM
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Here we go again.


Six volt guy living in a twelve volt world
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342073 Tue Jan 14 2020 04:20 AM
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You will soon hear both sides of the story here... but in MHO in the long run it is worth it.


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Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342098 Tue Jan 14 2020 01:05 PM
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Mine is 6 volts, it works well for me, and I have no plans to change to 12 volts.

Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342101 Tue Jan 14 2020 01:38 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Yes, this question has been asked hundreds of times here on the Bolt. Do a search using the search button just above your post. Do not use the one at the top of the page. Be prepared for hours of reading. Everyone has their personal opinion and every one is essentially correct for that person. I’ve done both over 55 years of driving experience. Each had its issues both good and bad. For a daily driver my choice is 12 volt except for keeping the 6 volt starter. 🛠


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


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Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342110 Tue Jan 14 2020 02:29 PM
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Right now I have a buddies truck in my shop, it is getting a 235 R&R. His is 12 volt, course mine is still 6 volt.
I will know for sure very soon. But I am inclined to believe the starting the engine ignition and starting motor is well served by a full 12 volts, more so if going to a HEI, which seems like a slam dunk if you are going 12 volt in the first place.

Steve


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare, all done
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bli...n05i04t1aokgm4p04jiwgffwhyyih5xbk0h00410
1964 GMC 1000
305 Big Block V6, sm420, the next cab off restoration
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342171 Tue Jan 14 2020 07:49 PM
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If a 12 volt starter replaces the 6 volt starter(not necessary) then the appropriate 12 volt flywheel needs to be installed.

Ed


'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342209 Tue Jan 14 2020 11:36 PM
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I changed my 1 Ton to 12 volts for better headlights. I have reflector headlights with H4 bulbs. They light the road like a much more modern vehicle. They look almost identical to the original sealed beams.


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Re: 6V VS. 12V
Justhorsenround #1342210 Tue Jan 14 2020 11:40 PM
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Coltonk Offline OP
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Thanks... I was wondering why I could not get the search results for just a specific forum..


Colton Kenshol
Hermiston, Oregon

1950 Chevy 3100
216 Motor
Mostly Original..
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342221 Wed Jan 15 2020 12:26 AM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Yeah, the search at the top is basically a Google search and is useless as far as I’m concerned. The Stovebolt only search is much more helpful when looking for a site specific post(s).


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

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