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  • Have you tried the 12 volt Negative ground Power inverter (from Fifth avenue auto parts)

    Says you can provide power to modern solid state accessories, So I'm guessing a 12 volt radio in a6 volt car. Five -amp constant regulated output.

  • #2
    The best ones are from this gentleman:

    http://tech-retro.com/Aurora_Design/Accessories.html


    It's called the HPC-1 and has higher power output than the one Randy sells.

    BTW, our cars are POSITIVE ground, so the inverter has to boost from 6 to 12 as well as reversing polarity. No simple task.
    Last edited by RadioRoy; 02-23-2015, 11:09 AM.
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    • #3
      Do they make anything to convert the lighter in my 50 Champion to 12 volt so I can plug in a GPS?

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      • #4
        How many volts does your GPS need. My last gps need 5 volts. I bi-passed the "resister" and blew the GPS after I put 12 volts through it. Maybe you/we should be just looking for something to reduce the voltage to meet the GPS requirement.
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        • #5
          The simple solution is to use the GPS power supply adapter that comes with the unit. I has the appropriate voltage regulator built in. You take the "inverter" and wire it between the six volt battery and a lighter style adapter (making sure to maintain correct polarity at that point). Then, when you plug in the GPS power supply, everything should work OK.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by stephenj View Post
            Do they make anything to convert the lighter in my 50 Champion to 12 volt so I can plug in a GPS?
            I bought an insulated lighter socket on ebay for a few dollars, then wired it to my 1950 Champion so the center contact is positive. I just lay the lighter socket on the carpet under the dash. My GPS works fine on 6 volts, as do most units.

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            • #7
              "Smart phones" have made the need for a separate GPS unit unnecessary.
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              • #8
                That's ok if you can afford $500 fine for using it when you are driving !

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                • #9
                  I was gonna say a guy over in the UK has a 48 to 50 dodge and has the lighter socket for the gps , so he just runs the 6 volt battery.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Guido View Post
                    "Smart phones" have made the need for a separate GPS unit unnecessary.
                    Come on Gary, you know most Stude owners still use a rotary phone..

                    Kidding aside, a smart phone has to be charged, too.

                    Originally posted by stephenj View Post
                    That's ok if you can afford $500 fine for using it when you are driving !
                    ...Which is where a suction cup windshield mount comes in handy. They're made for most smart phones for just that reason.

                    Back when I did a lot of road trips to SDC national meets and such, I ditched my outdated GPS in favor of a windshield mount for my phone. Never looked back..

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mbstude View Post
                      Come on Gary, you know most Stude owners still use a rotary phone..

                      Kidding aside, a smart phone has to be charged, too.



                      ...Which is where a suction cup windshield mount comes in handy. They're made for most smart phones for just that reason.

                      Back when I did a lot of road trips to SDC national meets and such, I ditched my outdated GPS in favor of a windshield mount for my phone. Never looked back..
                      Back in the early 1990's, I was in industrial sales and had a "car-phone" installed in my Nissan King Cab. At that time, the company I was representing, provided expense reimbursement for work related travel expenses, but not the phone. After my first serious vertigo attack, in which I had to be rescued from the side of the interstate, I realized how vital a cell phone could be. I had the phone removed and converted into what we used to call a "portable bag phone." so that I could carry it with me in any vehicle at all times.

                      The first time I used that "modern" contraption while driving a Studebaker, seemed surreal. It crossed my mind, that, for most folks, when that vehicle was brand new...the latest and greatest...paying over a buck a gallon for gas, and driving down the road talking on the "phone"...inconceivable.

                      I still have that "bag phone" somewhere, (now it looks like a leather clad brick), and I'm waaaay out dated as far as phones go. Back in 2005, I wanted a tough phone that could stand up to the beating and abuse I'm capable of. That's about the time I bought the water proof phone I still have. Original battery, and still holding a charge for days. Verizon is constantly sending me reminders of all the "points" I have, and encouraging me to "upgrade." The only problem is, I have not seen a way to "upgrade" without doubling my phone bill.

                      Such is the fears of a CASO. Somehow, I think I know how a fugitive feels, when he gets lonely, cold, hungry, and tired of running.

                      Sooner or later, I'll have to "turn myself in"...and (GULP)...UPGRADE!
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                      • #12
                        Here's a link to Antique Auto Radio. They offer small inverter systems that can be used in 6 volt, positive ground cars to provide 12 volts, negative ground output to run a GPS or charge a cell phone. Max. current is 2.2 amps at 12 volts. It's not enough to drive a monster audio system, but it will do the job for the small stuff. It's also small enough to hide behind the dash and wire up to the lighter socket.

                        http://www.antiqueautomobileradio.com/productsF.htm
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by garyash View Post
                          Here's a link to Antique Auto Radio. They offer small inverter systems that can be used in 6 volt, positive ground cars to provide 12 volts, negative ground output to run a GPS or charge a cell phone. Max. current is 2.2 amps at 12 volts. It's not enough to drive a monster audio system, but it will do the job for the small stuff. It's also small enough to hide behind the dash and wire up to the lighter socket.

                          http://www.antiqueautomobileradio.com/productsF.htm
                          I was just at my buddy's shop, and he was showing me the one in your link. He bought it to install a modern radio in his '38 Commander. I'll have to remember to update everyone on how it works out whenever he gets around to doing that job.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RadioRoy View Post
                            The best ones are from this gentleman:

                            http://tech-retro.com/Aurora_Design/Accessories.html


                            It's called the HPC-1 and has higher power output than the one Randy sells.

                            BTW, our cars are POSITIVE ground, so the inverter has to boost from 6 to 12 as well as reversing polarity. No simple task.
                            Must I repeat myself? The one in my link is more powerful.
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                            17A-S2 - 50 Commander convertible
                            10G-C1 - 51 Champion starlight coupe
                            10G-Q4 - 51 Champion business coupe
                            4H-K5 - 53 Commander starliner hardtop
                            5H-D5 - 54 Commander Conestoga wagon
                            56B-D4 - 56 Commander station wagon
                            60V-L6 - 60 Lark convertible

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