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6 to 12 Volt Conversion Index: Help on the 6v-12v Conversion

September 23, 2010 | Troubleshooting & Repair


One of the most Frequently Asked Questions about the 356 has to do with the 6-12volt conversion. Probably because this isn't covered in any factory material, it's "not original", and a lot of folks go it on their own when they decide they want to make the switch.

Here you'll find links to a number of pages on this site which discuss various issues for consideration during and before you decide to convert your 6 volt system to 12 volts. Remember, some of this is opinion, most of it is hard-earned experience, and all is shared by those who Keep the 356 Faith!

Main Sources, complete conversion descriptions. Most are listed on this site, others are links or lists of other sources (books, articles)

  • The 356 Registry Magazine has printed a number of articles on this topic.
    The most recent is available online. Here is the index of the older articles

    (Credit Robert Laepelle):

    Title/Topic Volume # Issue # Page #
    12-VOLT CONVERSION 8 6 7
    12-VOLT CONVERSION 5 4 7
    6-TO 12-VOLT CONVERTER SOURCE 7 4 6
    8-VOLT CONVERSION 7 4 6
    8-VOLT CONVERSION CONTACT 7 6 6

     

  • Most recent 356 Registry Magazine article on conversion.(May 1997)You need Acrobat Reader to view this. If you click on the above and you don't get results, try clicking here Get Acrobat Reader! Then try again.
  • Tony Ryan posted a parts/price list he used in his conversion.
  • Harry Pellow, from his Book "The ABCs and 912s of Porsche Engines" has a chapter dedicated to this conversion and a list of items.

Details on Conversions

Below are links to articles on more detailed information about specific parts of a 6-12 volt conversion project.

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