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jorez

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Is there an easy way to tell if a 1964 Bug has been converted to a 12v or not. The person selling the car believes it has, but is not sure

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Hi and welcome to the forum! If the voltage regulator is on the generator, then it's a 6 volt. If the regulator is elsewhere, it's a 12 volt conversion. The generators are also stamped with the voltage output on the side, for six volt cars it should say 7v or 7.5v. If there are just two terminals coming out of the top of the generator with wires attached, it's a 12 volt. You can also check the base of any of the light bulbs and it should tell you.


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...Or you could check it with a multimeter across the generator or battery terminals...

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68autobug

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it should be written or stamped on anything electric..
coil- generator- voltage regulator- all light bulbs - blinker unit behind the dash - battery - automatic choke..

it must be an early beetle to be 6 volts.. sloping headlights?

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Hi jorez welcome to the forum! A U.S. 64 came from the factory as a 6v but as others have said it should be easy to tell if it was switched. one other thing you might look at is the battery itself... a 6v battery only has 3 cells and a 12v battery has 6. The 12v by now will most likely be a sealed battery but you should still be able to see where the acid was put in to activate the battery. On the 6v... it's been a while now since I have seen one but I never have seen a 6v sealed battery. Even the big industrial 6v batteries they hook in parallel for trucks to give them more volts and amps are not sealed, so take a look and see what you have.
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68autobug

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Yes, I haven't thought about it before..

but You don't see any 6 volt car batteries about these days..

they are probably still available but would probably be a special order unless You are at a VW shop...

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Yes, I haven't thought about it before..

but You don't see any 6 volt car batteries about these days..

they are probably still available but would probably be a special order unless You are at a VW shop...

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we just got a 72 VW Convertible, but unsure where it is a Super Beetle or a plain bug, papers don't say and the lady owner had no idea. Can any one tell me where to look forthe right signs?? We do know it has a 1600cc, 60HP engine and a dual port carburator  

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Look under the front fender and see how the front wheel is attached. If the front end looks like the below picture it is a super.
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(not my Bug by the way,just a pic I found online) 

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we just got a 72 VW Convertible, but unsure where it is a Super Beetle or a plain bug, papers don't say and the lady owner had no idea. Can any one tell me where to look forthe right signs?? We do know it has a 1600cc, 60HP engine and a dual port carburator  



Hi
All Supers have the spare wheel laying flat under the bonnet..
Non Supers have it sitting near upright..

that is the easy way to tell...

cheers

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I have a 74 standard bug and am having some electrical issues. i have no back driving lights. whenever i turn the headlights on it blows a fuse. Its the second fuse from the left. any ideas what is causing this and how to fix? Thanks
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it means that You have a short circuit somewhere.. this means that a connection or a wire is touching the body or chassis [ground] of the car... so instead of Your headlamps getting Power... the power isn't getting to Your headlamp bulb.. its going straight to a short or ground circuit.. which means all the power from the Battery is going thru the fuse to where the wire or connector is touching the body, and that power is enough to burn the wire out so the fuse blows and saves the car from catching on fire..  electrical systems in VWs in Australia are entirely different to those sold in North America... 
but see if You can follow the wires going from that fuse to the headlamps...
best to take out a headlamp and check no loose wires or bare wires that can touch the body...

reverse lamps - there should be a fuse in the engine compartment for those..  check to see if these are bulbs in the reversing lamps too.
the reverse switch is in the nose of the gearbox

I hope this helps

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