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Re: Choke problem

EVERYTHING in your car will need to be set up for 12v (that includes light 
bulbs and windshield wiper motor, too).  Go to an electronics store (I 
hesitate to say Radio Shack since they are the bottom of the barrel) and 
get a resistor to put in series with the choke -- do *not* hook the chokes 
together in series!  If the store is good they should be able to help you 
pick the proper resistor.  I would recommend looking through back issues of 
VW magazines because I have read many articles of doing a 6v -> 12v 
conversion.  They were for Bugs but every thing (electrically) applies to 
T3 as well.

One function of lead in the gas was a lubricant and is why there was the 
need for different valves.  The heads that you can buy nowadays are 
designed to use unleaded gas.  There will be no loss in performance.  
Besides, leaded fuel is being phased out of (American) gas stations so you 
should just as well start using the unleaded.
     Toby Erkson
     modified '72 VW Squareback 2.0L
     stock '75 Porsche 914 1.8L

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Subject: Choke problem
Author:  type-3-errors@umich.edu at SMTPGATE
Date:    11/23/96 2:16 AM

Hi all,

I'm converting my 6volt 1500S to a 12v 1600 engine. Not that I wanted to,
but the 6V parts ( flywheel, crankshaft,... ) are too expensive for me,
so... Now I was wondering if I have to change the choke heater element on my
carbs. Someone I know said that it isn't neccesary, but I want to make sure.
After the blown-up of the engine, almost every part is beiing replaced, and
I don't want to risk anything by not changing these little things, unless
they work properly with 12 volts.
By the way, is it true that the engine will loose performance when I use
unleaded fuel, instead of leaded fuel ? The heads are capable of working
with unleaded, but the guy in the garage told me to still use leaded fuel,
too keep the engine at maximum performance. Will it also consume more
fuel/100 km ?
Maybe this are silly questions, but I'm learning all the time...

Tim Opdencamp

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