View Full Version : OMG!! anyone bought a battery lately??!!??

03-20-2008, 10:49 AM
WOW!! 63-85 dollars for a regular battery??? I knew metal prices were up,but man!!

03-20-2008, 10:57 AM
I bought a basic one from Wal-Mart last week, $36.88.

Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131

"With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that parking is a pleasure, traffic is a breeze, turning's no trick at all, and happiness is a thing called Larking!"

03-20-2008, 12:41 PM
You guys are spolied... new decent batteries up here have been $80 - $100 for some time. [xx(]

'57 Transtar
3E-6/7-122 </h5>

03-20-2008, 12:46 PM
I bought a long skinny 6 volt for my 46 packard right before christmas it was $106.....the parts guy told me not to ask what the name brand battery was worth

03-20-2008, 01:11 PM
I bought battery for my 63 Avanti from Tractor Supply for $90.00.
Maybe that's why it started smoking out the left tailpipe last week. It thinks it's a crop duster.

03-20-2008, 01:14 PM
I bought one at O'Reilly's for $41 for the Ford ... it's a little smaller than the old one, but it really didn't matter to me. It's more powerful, that's what mattered.

Jacob Newkirk - Owensboro, KY


03-20-2008, 01:23 PM
quote:Originally posted by bams50

I bought a basic one from Wal-Mart last week, $36.88.

[brown]Robert (Bob) Andrews

:) Boy, I wonder about Wal-Mart's pricing structure, Bob: The cheapest in central Indiana is $39.95, and has been for some time. ;)BP

03-20-2008, 01:38 PM
Speaking of batteries and before I spend $195 for a repro for Sid. I've been told, both Willard and Studebaker batteries were used in 64 production. If true, what color caps on the Willard, or if the Studebaker, was it a tar top, or flat top, and what color caps ? I once had both a Studebaker battery clock and a sales flyer to look at, but have neither now.

64 R2 GT (Sid)
spent to date $62,839.60
63 Daytona HT/4 speed
63 Lark 2 door

Dwain G.
03-20-2008, 01:58 PM
I think the best combination of quality and price right now is at Costco.

Dwain G.

Dick Steinkamp
03-20-2008, 02:11 PM
quote:Originally posted by JDP

Speaking of batteries and before I spend $195 for a repro for Sid...

I just bought a repop Delco for my '65 Impala...$225 and cheaper than direct from the manufacturer! I think that is much more than twice what I paid for a repop Willard for my low mileage '62 Lark maybe 4 years ago.


03-20-2008, 03:07 PM
The reason for battery price increase as told to me by a Delco battery rep, is because the price of lead has went up in price.
Thus the price given for battery "cores" has went up (at least around here!).
Of course the recent surge in fuel prices may have something to add to it as well.

Grants Pass, Oregon
65 Commander 2door
64 Wagonaire's (1 parts car, 1 Canadian fixed roof disc brake car, the other sliding roof South Bend car.)
63 Champ
63 GT Hawk
51 Champion Starlight Coupe

03-20-2008, 04:02 PM
The reason for battery price increase as told to me by a Delco battery rep, is because the price of lead has went up in price.

Wonder if that falls along the lines of the the hazardous processing of Galena(mineral) for the lead?

1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged

03-20-2008, 05:26 PM
The last battery I bought was a Motorcraft from my local Ford dealer in 2002. It was $85 with a 7 year prorated warranty and 2 year straight replacement. The car was sold in 2004 and the battery is still going. The OEM Motorcraft battery in my '01 Ranger expired last year. It lasted 6 years in hot and cold weather. Whoever Ford gets their batteries from does a great job.

Tom - Mulberry, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona - 289 4V, 4-Speed (Cost To Date: $1826.83)

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03-20-2008, 11:17 PM
Yes batteries have gone up in price big time. The price of lead is the cause. My old company is doing very well in selling the used cores to the smelter. To answer JP the 64 production used the black solid top batteries with the Studebaker label. Red push on caps. 63 and earlier were tar top with red screw in caps and Willard label. Some used the Globe label but no repro labels were available. I used to supply the repros to some of the vendors but the empty cases dried up.
Denny L