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    I am a new owner of a 1953 Studebaker and I need a battery. People in the auto stores can't help me. Where in MD can I find one?

    Thank you for the help.

  • #2
    If the car is stock you will have a 6 volt system. Any reputable FLAPS (NAPA, etc.) should be able to help. If there is not one in your area, try a local farm or tractor supply house. There are still many tractors running around with 6 volt systems (many early 12 volt diesels run off two 6 volt batteries).


    Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

    Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

    Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

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    • #3
      If the car is stock you will have a 6 volt system. Any reputable FLAPS (NAPA, etc.) should be able to help. If there is not one in your area, try a local farm or tractor supply house. There are still many tractors running around with 6 volt systems (many early 12 volt diesels run off two 6 volt batteries).


      Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

      Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

      Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

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      • #4
        It's a Group 1 battery BTW.

        nate

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        • #5
          It's a Group 1 battery BTW.

          nate

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          • #6
            Be sure to get a battery with enough plates and capacity. Even though they are all the same physical size in Group 1, they are not the same power. Especially if your 1953 Studebaker is a V8, you will need more of a battery than what they sell for old VWs. If your local auto supply stores don't have them, try Tractor Supply or another farm type store. If that fails, they can be ordered and shipped to you.

            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
            Gary L.
            Wappinger, NY

            SDC member since 1968
            Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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            • #7
              Be sure to get a battery with enough plates and capacity. Even though they are all the same physical size in Group 1, they are not the same power. Especially if your 1953 Studebaker is a V8, you will need more of a battery than what they sell for old VWs. If your local auto supply stores don't have them, try Tractor Supply or another farm type store. If that fails, they can be ordered and shipped to you.

              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              1959 DeLuxe pickup (restomod)
              Gary L.
              Wappinger, NY

              SDC member since 1968
              Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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              • #8
                I don't know where in MD the OP is, but AFAIR either the Advance or Pep Boys in Annapolis had Group 1's the last time I looked. However, I'm not sure how fresh they'd be as I doubt they're a high turnover item.

                nate

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                • #9
                  I don't know where in MD the OP is, but AFAIR either the Advance or Pep Boys in Annapolis had Group 1's the last time I looked. However, I'm not sure how fresh they'd be as I doubt they're a high turnover item.

                  nate

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                  • #10
                    If extra power is needed for a V-8, there are always 8 volt tractor batteries.


                    Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

                    Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

                    Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

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                    • #11
                      If extra power is needed for a V-8, there are always 8 volt tractor batteries.


                      Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

                      Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

                      Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

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                      • #12
                        Also, any Interstate Battery dealer can have a Group 1 delivered to their shop within a week. Battery Wharehouses usually have them, but you don't know how long they've been sitting there. Ordering it in will probably give you the freshest product.

                        You know, if the system is original, the battery is positive ground?

                        And, by the way, WELCOME to the Forum.

                        Brad Johnson
                        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                        33 Rockne 10
                        51 Commander Starlight
                        53 Commander Starlight

                        previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
                        Brad Johnson,
                        SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                        Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                        '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
                        '56 Sky Hawk in process

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                        • #13
                          Also, any Interstate Battery dealer can have a Group 1 delivered to their shop within a week. Battery Wharehouses usually have them, but you don't know how long they've been sitting there. Ordering it in will probably give you the freshest product.

                          You know, if the system is original, the battery is positive ground?

                          And, by the way, WELCOME to the Forum.

                          Brad Johnson
                          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                          33 Rockne 10
                          51 Commander Starlight
                          53 Commander Starlight

                          previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser
                          Brad Johnson,
                          SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
                          Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
                          '33 Rockne 10, '51 Commander Starlight. '53 Commander Starlight
                          '56 Sky Hawk in process

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                          • #14
                            Thanks to all of you for the great responses. They were more than I expected. It is a 6 volt, positive ground system.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks to all of you for the great responses. They were more than I expected. It is a 6 volt, positive ground system.

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