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Post by laith on Fri Mar 23, 2012 1:11 pm

Ok...been advised that I should change to an alternator. Not doubting that opinion, but wanting to get some more feedback. Anyone DD'ing a type 1 with a generator? If so, what are your experiences and what loads are you running?
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Post by vw57drvr on Fri Mar 23, 2012 2:01 pm

I drive mine with a generator. Normally pretty trouble free. I have the new electronic regulator. Although they are ugly, they are very dependable. I like the look of a generator better than the big bulky face of an alternator. However, I do NOT run anything other than the occassional GPS, but in the past I have ran a SMALL amp and stereo with no issues. If a stereo is what you are after, the conversion may be a pretty good idea. Just be careful of what you buy.
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Post by Grifspop on Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:25 pm

The alternator puts out a bunch more amps than a generator, and your lights won't dim and brighten at stop lights- more juice to your ignition system-
Aesthetically, the generator does look better though
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Post by DiggerD on Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:33 pm

I run a generator in my 71 and it has been problem-free, but there is no radio or any extra electric devices in that car. I would say, you will be better off with the alternator if you plan to run additional electronics.
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Post by laith on Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:47 pm

Thanks all. We will be running stereo, GPS, phone/laptop/camera/ipad chargers and possibly a CB.

Aesthetics mean nothing, this is about function.

If I convert to alternator, what needs to be changed?
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Post by Grifspop on Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:57 pm

laith wrote:Thanks all. We will be running a CB.


Really? Shocked
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Post by laith on Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:55 pm

Grifspop wrote:
laith wrote:Thanks all. We will be running a CB.


Really? Shocked

Really! We will be running thie Ghia in the BABE Rally and CB's are nice if you are running with other cars.
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Post by laith on Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:12 pm

Ok...read up on the subject on the Samba. Guess I need to start looking for parts or buy a kit.
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Post by Hobug on Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:28 pm

laith wrote:Ok...read up on the subject on the Samba. Guess I need to start looking for parts or buy a kit.

Call Clyde. He has what you need to convert. It is pretty easy.
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Post by Grifspop on Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:08 pm

laith wrote:
Grifspop wrote:
laith wrote:Thanks all. We will be running a CB.


Really? Shocked

Really! We will be running thie Ghia in the BABE Rally and CB's are nice if you are running with other cars.


Oops, forgot that you're running the BABE Rally- good luck!
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Post by meinvw on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:11 am

laith wrote:Thanks all. We will be running stereo, GPS, phone/laptop/camera/ipad chargers and possibly a CB.

Aesthetics mean nothing, this is about function.

If I convert to alternator, what needs to be changed?

If your starting from scratch a lot of online vendors sell the complete kit. As for the CB I run with one to, its funny the stuff you hear and you can get traffic updates instantly as well as location on where the cops are sitting!
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Post by laith on Sat Mar 24, 2012 8:57 am

Hobug wrote:
laith wrote:Ok...read up on the subject on the Samba. Guess I need to start looking for parts or buy a kit.

Call Clyde. He has what you need to convert. It is pretty easy.

Yeah...I have a feeling I am going to have quite the laundry list for Clyde...just trying to save every penny I can.
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Post by laith on Sat Mar 24, 2012 9:06 am

meinvw wrote:. As for the CB I run with one to, its funny the stuff you hear and you can get traffic updates instantly as well as location on where the cops are sitting!

Yeah, we are really looking forward to running one this year. It has been on our "to do" list, but it has always been at the very bottom.
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