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Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342232 Wed Jan 15 2020 12:59 AM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,306
ace skiver
Has anyone installed H4 6v bulbs?

I will try them in my '54 pickup, if it ever gets done.
"6V Motor White Bulbs Car H4 LED Motorcycle Headlight Bulb 56 SMD Hi/Low kit"
"Lumens: High beam: 800LM"

If I put them in my Suburban, I will report back here.


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342264 Wed Jan 15 2020 04:23 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 9,393
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Master Gabster
I converted my first very original truck to 12 volts because I grew tired of the "I think I can, I think I can, and then a dead battery" whenever i tried to start it. Not long after the conversiont, the starter quit on me. I had it rebuilt and enjoyed the much faster engine speed when cranking.
The truth of the matter is that if I would have had the starter rebuilt prior to the 12 volt conversion, the conversion would not have been necessary in the first place.



Last edited by 52Carl; Wed Jan 15 2020 04:24 AM.
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342286 Wed Jan 15 2020 12:53 PM
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 30,306
ace skiver
I had the same sequence of experiences, Carl

I had switched to 12v (in the late '60s) because:
- everyone said to do it
- starting/cranking was slow (and getting slower)

Many years later (early this century) after a total restoration:
- cleaned all grounds
- installed correct 6v size battery cables and ground straps (0 or 00 cables & straps)
- installed a Runtz-style voltage reducer into the fuel gauge
- got the starter rebuilt by a pro

That was over 15 years ago.

The only time that I have a problem starting is at night when I forget which direction to turn the ignition switch. dang


Tim
1954Advance-Design.com [1954advance-design.com]
1954 3106 Carryall Suburban [stovebolt.com] - part of the family for 49 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic [1954advance-design.com] - part of the family for 15 years
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engines are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler. [chevy.oldcarmanualproject.com]
Re: 6V VS. 12V
Coltonk #1342302 Wed Jan 15 2020 02:42 PM
Joined: May 2001
Posts: 1,510
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Shop Shark
For me, switching to 12-volts is right up there with radial tires for my daily driver.


1948 3/4-Ton 5-Window Flatbed Chevrolet [sandeace.com]

28 Years of Daily Driving but now on hiatus. With a '61 261, 848 head, Rochester Monojet carb, SM420 4-speed, 4.10 rear, dual reservoir MC, Bendix up front, 235/85R16 tires, 12-volt w/alternator, electric wipers and a modern radio in the glove box.
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