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  • Charging a 6 volt battery,

    If i disconnect the leads , can I charge a 6 volt battery with a 10 amp 12 volt charger from sears? Dumb question caso My stude has a hot soak problem ,and the radiator cap wasn't all the way on. I will go out and try starting it in two hours.I think I might break down and buy a 6 volt battery charger, maybe this auto electrical repair place will have one.Anyone know of a commercial store that sells a 6 volt charger? I drove my stude this morning ,and the speedometer is loud as all get out, and doesn't work . I'm kind of wondering what gears are in my president , it goes slow in what I think is drive .I just called the auto electrical place ,they want $460 some odd dollars. Get out, Does walmart have one? Well I went to walmart and bought a schmacher, It looks like it could be DC also. Alot cheaper than $460. It was a hot soak problem , when I went out to go to walmart ,it turn over ,and I pulled it in the garage!

  • #2
    Yeah - go get that 6V charger before you try to fry that battery! There's 6 - 12volt chargers out there that you can get that'll handle either voltage.[^]

    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1963 Cruiser
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe
    1957 President two door

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    • #3
      Ya need a 6-12 volt battery charger?
      Try Sears, Kmart,Walmart, Tractor Supply, Oreshelns, NAPA, Autozone, Oreillys, etc.


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      4E2
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      5E13
      7E7
      8E7
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      • #4
        I bought a Schumacher battery maintainer for both 6 & 12 volt batteries at Wal-Mart some months ago. It works like a charm.
        I can use it for my Model A, which is 6v & I can use it for my '59 Lark, which is 12 volt.
        I think it only cost me about $20.
        Rog

        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
        Smithtown,NY
        '59 Lark VI Regal Hardtop
        Smithtown,NY
        Recording Secretary, Long Island Studebaker Club

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        • #5
          While on this subject , how does one charge one of these 8 volt batterys ?



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          • #6
            quote:Originally posted by 2R5

            While on this subject, how does one charge one of these 8 volt batterys ?
            The only way I know is to set up the Voltage regulator of a 6V car for 8 Volts, and run the engine. Never heard of an 8 Volt Charger.

            StudeRich
            StudeRich
            Second Generation Stude Driver,
            Proud '54 Starliner Owner



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            • #7
              Just was wondering because there are 8 volt batterys


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              • #8
                Buick used 'em in the late 40s, early 50's. Long and very narrow. Probably had the regulator set to eight volts, as Rich suggests.
                Dave Warren (Perry Mason by day, Perry Como by night)

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                • #9
                  quote:Originally posted by 2R5

                  While on this subject , how does one charge one of these 8 volt batterys ?



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                  They make special battery chargers for that purpose. You most likely would have to order one from a specialty supplier, though. LH

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                  • #10
                    I have been warned to not use an 8 volt tractor battery with my 6 volt alternator. Not sure why, just know that the fellow who built the alternator knows a lot more about such things than I do.

                    Jimmie
                    Orleans, Indiana

                    quote:Originally posted by Lark Hunter

                    quote:Originally posted by 2R5

                    While on this subject , how does one charge one of these 8 volt batterys ?



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                    They make special battery chargers for that purpose. You most likely would have to order one from a specialty supplier, though. LH
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                    Orange County, Indiana
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                    • #11
                      You could get 8 jolt batteries for flathead Fords to cure a hard starting problem.

                      Terry

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                      • #12
                        Eight volt batteries have been commonly used as a "band aid" for starting problems in six volt cars, rather than diagnosing and repairing the real source of the starting problem.
                        I believe in fixing six volt cars and I do not believe in using eight volt batteries in six volt cars.
                        My chargers are combination six/12 volt. You just flip a switch. I guess that configuration isn't so common anymore.

                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer
                        Gary L.
                        Wappinger, NY

                        SDC member since 1968
                        Studebaker enthusiast much longer

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                        • #13
                          Get a 6 volt tail light bulb and two 3 inch pieces of wire with both ends stripped. Solder one wire onto the brass case and another onto the lead contact button. Put that in series with either terminal of the battery and use a 12 volt charger. Trickle charges at an amp or 2.

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                          • #14
                            Dan, That's Wonderful.

                            There must be hundreds, nay, thousands, of home remedies for things like that. I remember reading about using a piece of rind from a smoked ham to replace (temporarily) a main bearing in a Model T.

                            I wonder (new thread? how many quick and dirty (but efficient) fixes there are....

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                            Tom Bredehoft
                            '53 Commander Coupe (since 1959)
                            '55 President (6H Y6) State Sedan
                            (Under Construction 617 hrs.)
                            '05 Legacy Ltd Wagon
                            All Indiana built cars

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                            • #15
                              Jimmie,
                              Have the guy that built you're 6 volt alternator
                              install an 8 volt regulator. They are available.
                              If he can't find one, have him search in the fork-
                              lift section. I've been using 8 volt batteries for
                              over 3 decades now. Never a problem yet. Just
                              last year a guy says to me "I don't need an 8 volt.
                              Watch how easy my truck starts!" He proceeded to
                              crank and crank and crank. Finally he got it to
                              fire. Been there, done that too many times!
                              Use a 6 volt if you want, but I prefer an 8 volt.
                              Nice to have if you really "drive" a V-8 Studebaker
                              in the dead of winter.

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