[Vwdiesel] Alternators versus Generators --( for beginners )

LBaird119@aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Sun Oct 23 11:54:34 EDT 2005

The 1967  VW  Fastback  1600  dual carb   job was 6.0 Volt system.  Does 
anyone know when
12.0 Volt systems became standard ?---just curious.. 

  VW went 12V in '67. My wife's old Beetle has a flashy sticker with a 
lightning bolt that boasts 12V!  You must've had a real early one from 
what I know.  In US cars it was Ford I believe that went pos ground for 
a couple years,  not positive just who it was but it wasn't for long.

> PS :   why go to Alternators ?  ---to save weight mainly . 

  Gee, and I always understood it was because they would put out nearly 
full power just above an idle, didn't de-polarize, lasted longer and could 
put out more power in a similar sized package.

  Just curious HOW the Rabbit electrical is a crappy design?  Negative 
ground, compact fuse relay panel...  There are problems but not so much 
by design.  Most are related to water in the fuse panel which are from 
windshield leaks and antenna grommet leaks.  The grounding issues are 
just plain "interesting" why they happen.  I've never seen a design flaw for 
them, unless they should've used gold contacts or something.  ;-)

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