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Old 07-23-2019, 01:36 PM   #1
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Default When did Ford switch 6 to 12v ?

What year did the Ford Motor Co. switch from 6 v electrical system to 12 v?
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Old 07-23-2019, 01:41 PM   #2
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1956
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Old 07-23-2019, 02:06 PM   #3
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Job #1 of the 1956 model year in the fall of 1955.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:14 PM   #4
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: When did Ford switch 6 to 12v ?

Yep, my first car, a 55, was six volt. Always fun as a kid jumping it off with all the more modern 12 volt cars.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:25 PM   #6
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my Dad had a 55 Town Sedan 6 volt, Beaudry Ford in Atlanta changed it over to 12 volts before it was 6 months old, because my Dad complained about hard starting
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:13 AM   #7
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Yep, my first car, a 55, was six volt. Always fun as a kid jumping it off with all the more modern 12 volt cars.
Been there done that with my first v8.... good for melting the jumper leads.

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Old 07-24-2019, 09:39 AM   #8
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Best thing was in a pinch if you only had one wire, or a length of bendable steel, you could put the bumpers together and still start the car!
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my Dad had a 55 Town Sedan 6 volt, Beaudry Ford in Atlanta changed it over to 12 volts before it was 6 months old, because my Dad complained about hard starting
I wonder if they left the 6 volt starter in the car. I switched an old Allis Chalmers tractor to 12 volts but kept the 6 volt starter. This was a common practice and in 25+ Years it was the best starting tractor in the dead of winter.
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