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Username Post: 1955 chevy car electrical systems        (Topic#144041)
dave00000 
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11-09-06 11:40 PM - Post#1031976    

Did the 55 cars have 6 volt, 12 volt, or both, thanks

 
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 02:16 AM - Post#1031977    
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12 volt
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 03:18 AM - Post#1031978    
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Welcome to CT Dave! As stated above, the 55 Chevrolet was the first year for the twelve volt system in the Chevrolet line up
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 05:11 AM - Post#1031979    
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Welcome to Chevy Talk. My dad bought a new 55 Belair wagon and I was amazed at the small size of the battery cables, compared to the 6 volt cars I had worked on. I didn't understand at the time, that they only carried half the current.
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 06:13 AM - Post#1031980    
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The initial post in this thread is spinoff from an extremely spirited discussion going on right now on a Cushman scooter board. One of the members insists he has an unmodified 55 with a 6 volt system. I suggested he ask the question here.

I know there were 6 volt trucks in 55, but I have never seen a 6 volt car, and I was around when these cars were new. When I worked in the parts business I never saw any catalog listings for 6 volt parts either. Is there any chance of export versions being 6 volt? How about something really odd - like maybe an engineering prototype getting out into the real world?

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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 06:25 AM - Post#1031981    
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Never seen a new six volt car in 1955? Come on now! Your memory is failing you!

All Fords, Mercs and Lincolns were still 6-volt in 1955. All Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler, and Imperial were still 6-Volt in '55. Studebaker was also 6-Volt in that year. Closer to home, the first-series '55 Chevy and GMC trucks were 6-volt as well.

Packard was 12-Volt for '55, but it was 12-Volt POSITIVE ground. That was changed to a Negative ground system for the '56 model year. GM switched to the 12-Volt system earliest of the US manufacturers. Olds, Caddy, and all Buicks except the Special series straight eight were 12-Volt starting in '53. Of course Chevy and Pontiac went with 12-Volt systems for '55.

I'm not sure about AMC, but I believe these were 12-Volt for '55 also.

Lastly, recall that the VW beetle used a 6-Volt system through the '66 model year.

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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-10-06 06:43 AM - Post#1031982    
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No, I meant Chevys or any other GM cars. I knew the other guys didn't change until 56. Nash/Hudson were still 6 volt in 55 and Kaiser/Willys too.

Now Packard is a surprise. I knew they changed to 12 volts when they introduced their V-8, but I didn't know they kept the positive ground. The Packard engine was used in some 55 Nashes and Hudsons, so now you have me wondering about those.

I believe there were some 12 volt Imperials starting in 53 - the long wheelbase models with disc brakes. These weren't like the disc brakes we have now. The discs were enclosed.

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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-12-06 02:03 AM - Post#1031983    
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Quote:

Never seen a new six volt car in 1955? Come on now! Your memory is failing you!

All Fords, Mercs and Lincolns were still 6-volt in 1955. All Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler, and Imperial were still 6-Volt in '55. Studebaker was also 6-Volt in that year. Closer to home, the first-series '55 Chevy and GMC trucks were 6-volt as well.

Packard was 12-Volt for '55, but it was 12-Volt POSITIVE ground. That was changed to a Negative ground system for the '56 model year. GM switched to the 12-Volt system earliest of the US manufacturers. Olds, Caddy, and all Buicks except the Special series straight eight were 12-Volt starting in '53. Of course Chevy and Pontiac went with 12-Volt systems for '55.

I'm not sure about AMC, but I believe these were 12-Volt for '55 also.

Lastly, recall that the VW beetle used a 6-Volt system through the '66 model year.

Royer




Also'55 was a split year for chevy trucks. The first half had the "1st series" which were basically '54 trucks with minor revisions. Those would be 6 volt, the "second series" '55 trucks would be the new design, and thus be 12 volt. So the answer to the question would "were 1955 chevies 6 or 12 volt?" the answer would be "yes"
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-12-06 08:54 AM - Post#1031984    
    In response to 1955210bluebayou

But the original question was about Chevrolet CARS, not vehicles.

 
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-12-06 10:22 AM - Post#1031985    
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No export Chevrolet cars, 1955-on had 6-volts. However during the war some Chevy military vehicles had 24-volt systems to cope with W/T sets.

 
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Re: 1955 chevy car electrical systems
11-13-06 02:54 AM - Post#1031986    
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But the original question was about Chevrolet CARS, not vehicles.




Yes, but some people who are not into automobiles use the terms interchangeably, especially the younger generations. "Vehicles" such as the cadillac escalade and sport utes have blurred the line between passenger cars and trucks."cars" to some is a catchall that includes both vehicle types.
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