Bit the bullet and ordered stuff from Trabantwelt which came in a couple of days (Xmas notwithstanding). So fitted the carb repair kit which has cured the petrol piddling out of overflow pipe and made starting and engine running seem OK. Decided to get the electrics sorted before tackling the brakes, and think that converting from 6v to 12v is for me. New 12v battery fitted, new alternator puchased but not yet fitted (type which has terminal for tell tale charge light). I will have to find tube or brackets to adapt. I've read various articles on internet re using existing starter, starter relay, ignition coils, ignition condensers, with conflicting advice. I have already put 12 volts through the starter and its relay to test run the engine with the rest of engine and car electrics still on 6v. Seems to work OK, but I understand eventually this may fry the starter relay through heavy use. Heavy use seems to be the criteria with aforementioned electrical items, and that they will work without conversion, but heavy use will cause failure quite quickly. Next we come to the other electric items. Wiper motor ...... mine has the multiple position switch which I presume is delay wipe or fast/slow speed. I would like to keep the original switch if possible, and it seems that something called a ballast resisitor can be used to reduce voltage to about 8v inserted in the live feed enabling the original motor to be used. Please can someone advise me of a suitable ballast resistor and where to source? Hazard warning switch...... I guess this will have to go in favour of a 12v hazard warning system although not compulsory for the MOT if I take it out completely. Suggestions for a 12v alternative gratefully accepted. Direction indicator flashing unit...... will be replaced with a 12v item. Headlamp relay....... will have to be replaced with a 12v item. Any suggestions for a suitable one? Lastly, whilst typing this post, Rick Stein on BBC2 tv driving around Berlin centre in a Trabi from Trabi world. He didn't seem impressed. Silly man.