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Sat Jan 5, 2019, 02:46 PM

Yesterday I looked at an ad for a restored 23-window VW Bus with a 6-volt battery system...

… today I get an ad on DI from eBay, offering a 6-volt battery...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 02:48 PM

1. it sounds like you were meant for this VW

 

Remember, they are reverse wired.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 02:57 PM

2. Had four VWs, the first being a new '62 Bug, followed by a '56 Karman Ghia (VERY modified)...

… then a new '65 Karman Ghia and finally a heavily-used SuperBeetle with its own ant farm in Italy while my '77 Accord was getting bodywork done from my (first) accident there...

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:00 PM

3. Then you know what I am talking about with the reverse wiring thing

 

Learned that the hard way on my buddy's (first) Bug.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:08 PM

4. Reverse polarity?

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Response to It Guy (Reply #4)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:26 PM

6. Yeah -- you have to look closely

 

almost blew up my car giving him a jump then we realized we had to switch the leads.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:24 PM

5. Nope. For the most part, I let the dealer handle things. Which, in one case didn't work out well...

… A couple of years after I bought my '65 Ghia, a new dealer opened nearer to home and they offered to add an ammeter to the dash, all wired up. So they did.

Then I noted that the ammeter never showed a negative reading, only a positive reading! I took it back, they struggled with the wiring and got it working right. For a few years.

In 1969, after I returned to the States from Vietnam, I was stationed in San Antonio, learning to be a technical instructor in my 306x0 career field. Went out to start my Ghia one Saturday morning, dead battery. I mean nada. Opened the rear lid and saw bright copper bare wire from the battery, disappearing into the body work.

Back when they'd put in the ammeter, they ran large-gauge wire (12-ga) from the battery, up to the meter, under the metal passenger-side door floor panel. Over time, it had eaten thru the wiring insulation and shorted my battery to ground. NO FIRE, amazingly!

I went out and bought larger 10-gauge wire and rewired the path, cutting and grommeting to prevent a recurrence. Later, I converted from 6 volt to 12- volt and a bit after that, took the Ghia to the "Mister Bug" business where they turned my 40-horse into an approximate 110 horse engine...




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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:38 PM

7. Our 60 Bug convetible had a 6 volt battery

and a whopping 36 HP motor.

My dad got a speeding ticket in it once. He went to court and convinced the judge that the car couldn't go as fast as the officer claimed. He won. LOL.

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2019, 03:42 PM

8. No thanks. That number 3 cylinder issue put me on the side of a road once too many times on vacation

Many many moons ago.


But I'm with you on the ads.

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:27 AM

9. 23 windows - and no A/C!

I drove a VW van once from Denver, Colorado to San Diego along with a partner who drove a 69 Vette most of the way. We had bought the two in CO to resell in CA -

I was glad when it was my turn to drive the Vette - that van was the most gutless machine I had ever driven. It was a real let-down when I hadda surrender the 427 6 pack for the van again

OH - the V-Dub sorta had AC -



But didn't work too good going thru a sandstorm (yeah we went thru one)

OH - tons more pix at http://www.oldbug.com/rap23.htm - a complete restoration . . . .

IN over 40 years as a mechanic - never seen an engine compartment so pristine





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Response to akaConcernedCanuk (Reply #9)

Sun Jan 6, 2019, 11:37 AM

10. Lots of nice photos at that link. Back when I bought my '62 Bug I considered a camper they had...

... but decided that the VW sedan was more my style...

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