VW 6 to 12 Volt Conversion Kit, Beetle 1961 to 1966

VW 6 to 12 Volt Conversion Kit, Beetle 1961 to 1966
Part Number: 6-12-VOLT-KIT

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Product Description

  • Convert your old 6 Volt electrical system to a modern 12 Volt system
  • 12 Volt, 55 Amp Alternator
  • Convert your 1961 to 1966 Beetles with all the 12 Volt bulbs your VW needs
  • Add a 42 Series battery from your local supplier, this kit supplies the rest

  • Whether you're tired of not being able to see clearly at night, you can't find 6 volt electrical components or you just want to run a 12 volt stereo system in your 1961 to 1966 Beetle, our 6 to 12 Volt Conversion Kit will suit your needs. The 6 to 12 Volt Conversion Kit includes all the necessary 12 volt bulbs, a 12 volt coil, horn, flasher relay and a 12 Volt Alternator along with a new backing plate, strap, stand, pulley, shims, belt & deflect plate gasket. You can choose between an aftermarket alternator or a Bosch alternator (for an additional cost). The kits include a 12 to 6 voltage drop for powering the wiper motor. If your 28PICT carburetor has a 6 volt choke element, you can still use it with the 12 volt system, it will heat up quicker than normal though. The only other 12 volt component needed would be a 12 volt battery that you can source locally. A 1967 to 1974 Beetle (42 Series) battery will be a suitable replacement for the original 6 volt battery. Unless you are changing the engine and specifically the flywheel in your car to a 200mm (12 Volt) unit we recommend using the 6 volt starter. The 6 volt starter works fine on a 12 volt system provided you do not run it for an extended period of time.

    12 Volt, 55 Amp Alternator:
    The heart of the 6 volt to 12 volt conversion is the charging system. We prefer swapping the 6 volt generator out for a 12 volt alternator. We include a 55 amp alternator which is more efficient than a generator. To complete the installation of the alternator, our kit comes with a new stand & deflect plate, backing plates, strap, pulley with shims and a new fan belt.

    To complete the engine portion of the 6 to 12 volt conversion a new Bosch 12 volt coil replaces the 6 volt coil.

    If you're still running a stock 6 volt choke element in your stock carburetor you can also add a 12 volt choke to your kit if needed .

    12 Volt Light Bulbs:
    When converting your VW to a 12 volt system most all of the components that use electricity need to be swapped out for 12 volt versions. Our 1961 through 1966 12 volt conversion kits include all the bulbs necessary to swap your Beetle's lighting. Our kits include 2 H4 headlight assemblies, 2 Parking Light Bulbs, 2 Front Turn Signal Bulbs, 6 Dash Indicator Bulbs, the Dome Light Bulb, 2 Tail Light Bulbs (for 1961 models) or 2 Tail Light and 2 Rear Turn Signal Bulbs (for 1962 through 1966 models) and the License Plate Light Bulb.

    1961-1965, 12 Volt Flasher Relay & Horn:
    A 6 volt horn will work on a 12 volt system, but not for long. We include a new 12 volt horn with our kit to make sure you can give a friendly honk when it's needed.

    For 1961 through 1965 VW Beetles, a new, 3 prong 12 Volt Turn Signal Relay is included to replace the 6 volt relay which is not compatible with the 12 volt system. The relay hooks up just as original with power coming from the fuse box to the relay, an output for the turn signal switch and a ground terminal.

    1966, 12 Volt Flasher Relay, Headlight Relay & Horn:
    In 1966 VW changed the headlight wiring on Beetles and swapped to a headlight relay, operated by the turn signal switch. Our 1966 conversion kits include a 12 volt headlight relay. Make sure to run a jumper wire from the #56 terminal to the #30 terminal on the 12 volt relay when swapping out your original 6 volt relay.

    1966 was the the first year that VW Beetles came with emergency four way flashers. We include a 12 volt conversion relay (with instructions) that replaces the original 9 prong, 6 volt Turn Signal & Emergency Flasher Relay.

    A new 12 volt horn comes with the kit to make sure you can give a friendly honk when it's needed.

    6-12 Volt Wiper Motor Options:
    To make sure your windshield wipers continue to work when swapping you 1961 to 1966 Beetle over to 12 volts we include an inline resistor or "Voltage Drop" that can be used inline from the fuse box to the wiper switch to drop the 12 volts back down to 6 volts to power the wiper motor.

    Our Expert's Take:

    Unless you are doing a 100% back to stock, all original restoration, there is no reason we can think of to keep the original 6 Volt electrical system. 6 volt components are hard to source and more expensive than their 12 volt counterparts. Swapping your VW 1961 to 1966 Beetle over to 12 volt enables you to run modern headlights and common 12 volt parts including a radio (we like our vintage styled replacement radios) and a charger for your cell phone!

    California Prop 65 Warning:
    California Prop 65 Warning. Warning: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov


    Please Note:The information listed below is for stock, unmodified VW's manufactured for sale in the US. VW's are commonly modified and very often parts from another year VW may have been installed on your car. California Pacific JBugs is not responsible for any errors if your car has been modified in any way.
    VW Beetle
    1961 - 1966
    1961 - 1963
    1964 - 1966
    1961 - 1966



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