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Old 05-17-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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I'm working on a 1956 Ford 600 tractor that has the original 6V electrical system on it. My supplier has a 6V to 12V conversion kit, would that be a big advantage or just a slight one not worth doing? The wiring is shot on this thing so now would be the time to do a complete revamp.

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Old 05-17-2019, 11:24 AM   #2
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Yes, I would do the conversion. 6volt can be a pain.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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Sounds like the time to do it!
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:30 AM   #4
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I converted a 8n years ago and I thought it was worth it at the time. I sold the tractor not long after that but I didn't have anymore issues after converting.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:36 AM   #5
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Biggest advantage to 12 Volt over 6 is if you intend to add auxiliary stuff like lights. When you do it, make sure to check if yours is positive or negative ground. That is easy to change, but you gotta do it.
There are ready made wiring harnesses for what you want to do for around 50 bucks.
Pretty good resource to look through:
https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:54 AM   #6
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The 6 volt starter runs fine on 12 volt (I wouldn't crank for a long time but short cranks to start is fine) put a 12 volt alternator on it one wire is the simplest one to wire up ,switch the wires on the coil to the opposite sides. and put in a resistor on the coil wire and you're good to go ! ( this is for a positive ground 6 volt system gas engine )
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:56 AM   #7
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Definitely worth converting to 12 volt, especially since you have to rewire.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:57 AM   #8
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Biggest advantage to 12 Volt over 6 is if you intend to add auxiliary stuff like lights. When you do it, make sure to check if yours is positive or negative ground. That is easy to change, but you gotta do it.
There are ready made wiring harnesses for what you want to do for around 50 bucks.
Pretty good resource to look through:
https://www.yesterdaystractors.com/
yes, that's the same guys I will likely go through. They seem to have everything for it. Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:12 PM   #9
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yes, that's the same guys I will likely go through. They seem to have everything for it. Thanks!
Not sure if their kit comes with the ammeter or not, but if it doesn't you might want to consider getting one. Good peace of mind, and you will know for sure that your charging circuit is working well.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:10 PM   #10
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I converted a Farmall Cub from 6v to 12v.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:07 PM   #11
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Definitely convert to 12v
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:51 PM   #12
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easy convert
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:40 PM   #13
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evidently the tractor has been converted already so should be good on that.

I do need a couple of the sheet metal parts for it too, anyone on here who does that or know of a supplier? Yesterday's Tractors doesn't have these particular pieces.

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Old 05-23-2019, 01:44 PM   #14
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there is a few tractor junk yards around ,check Google and get on eBay and join a ford tractor forum. That's about all I got , what sheet metal parts are you looking for hood or fenders?
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:52 PM   #15
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there is a few tractor junk yards around ,check Google and get on eBay and join a ford tractor forum. That's about all I got , what sheet metal parts are you looking for hood or fenders?
2 parts on the hood ... the middle section covering the fuel tank and the piece under the steering wheel that holds all the gauges.
Yes, still sifting through a couple sites that carry parts.
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:03 PM   #16
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Ford-6...8AAOSwbKNc4CWD

Is this one of the parts you're looking for ?
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:11 PM   #17
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/1961-Ford-6...8AAOSwbKNc4CWD

Is this one of the parts you're looking for ?
wow, yep! Haven't saw that one yet. Thanks
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:40 PM   #18
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Hey Look up B&M tractor parts in Talyor Tx they look like they have a ford 600 on the lot
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Old 05-23-2019, 02:51 PM   #19
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Anderson tractor Winnsboro tx. They have made a heck of a place out of working on Ford tractors they have a ton of parts conversions etc.

Also call Christian Tractor Tyler Tx
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Old 05-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #20
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thx guys !!
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