1974 beetle slowly dies when lights on wo t start back up

Asked by Bugdood1974 Mar 07, 2020 at 09:40 PM about the 1974 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hi! I'm new to this asking a question sight thing so
bare with me:) I have a 1974 vw bug I've had it for 4
years now and I've fixed every problem but this one
has me stumped! And it's super frustrating! Okay
here's the deal, I'll be driving down the road at night
with me lights on. So far so good. As I'm driving or
even if I'm at a stop light idling, the lights will get
dim along with my speedo light and the engine will
start to misfire (I'm assuming because the coil isn't
getting enough power) and then it will die, even if I
rev it up it still dies. I have a new alternator (not
cheap), a new battery,  and a new friggin voltage
regulator! I think it's a ground problem or a
parasitic draw somewhere and I'm assuming it has
to do with my lights, now that I think of it I should
try and drive it during the day and see if it stays
running...ANYWAY, it wont start back up after it
dies I only get the ignition on light and when I try
and crank it over the starter wont even try...dead
battery. Now, I have a push button start because I
got a new ignition switch but it wasn't the right one
and only allowed be to switch the coil on. I also
have a aftermarket oil cooler with a 12 volt fan
along with it but I unplugged that and still does the
same thing. If anyone could help me out I would
really really appreciate it! :D

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