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    Hi All. We are having trouble with Mick's '63 R1 Avanti Battery. Has anyone fitted a standard shape battery in the engine bay? I have heard that someone makes a fibreglass box that you can graft in (wish we had done that when the motor was out, before we repainted it) Is there room to somehow mount one in there without major modifacations? Thanks in advance.
    Dave...
    Dave Pink
    Victoria, Australia

    1916 SF Roadster
    1925 ER Tourer
    1925 Panel Delivery
    1953 Champion Sedan
    1957 Golden Hawk
    1971 Avanti II


    Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website
    http://www.studebakercarclub.net

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    Dave: What kind of 'trouble'? There are a multitude of original style '63 Avanti batteries that work well. I for one would not cobble up a '63 just to change battery types. stupak

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    • #3
      Originally posted by davepink53 View Post
      Hi All. We are having trouble with Mick's '63 R1 Avanti Battery. Has anyone fitted a standard shape battery in the engine bay? I have heard that someone makes a fibreglass box that you can graft in (wish we had done that when the motor was out, before we repainted it) Is there room to somehow mount one in there without major modifacations? Thanks in advance.
      Dave...
      You might want to consider mounting a regular battery in the trunk. It solves the "odd battery" problem, cleans up the under hood area and it does actually improve handling too. The '63 R-1 that I bought from UK had two six volt batteries (mounted in series) in the trunk and I could tell a definite difference in the handling.
      Paul Johnson, Wild and Wonderful West Virginia.
      '64 Daytona Wagonaire, '64 Avanti R-1, Museum R-4 engine, '72 Gravely Model 430 with Onan engine

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      • #4
        I've seen a '63 Avanti with two Optima 6V batteries in series in the same space as the 3EE battery. An expensive way to go, though.

        I believe a trunk mounted battery would definitely have a positive effect on handling...getting some serious weight off the front end of a car with a bad front weight bias already and shifting it to the trunk.

        If you put the battery in the trunk, you'll need an extra heavy gauge positive battery cable for the long run to the starter solenoid.
        Poet...Mystic...Soldier of Fortune. As always...self-absorbed, adversarial, cocky and in general a malcontent.

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        • #5
          [QUOTE=stupak;548752]Dave: What kind of 'trouble'? There are a multitude of original style '63 Avanti batteries that work well.

          The alternator is not funtioning properly and cooked the battery on our recent 9000 klm trip. 3EE type batteries are not available in Australia. We had the old battery rebuilt last year, but it would be good if a regular battery could be used. Had thuoght about Optima, but believe they are quite expensive!
          Dave.
          Dave Pink
          Victoria, Australia

          1916 SF Roadster
          1925 ER Tourer
          1925 Panel Delivery
          1953 Champion Sedan
          1957 Golden Hawk
          1971 Avanti II


          Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website
          http://www.studebakercarclub.net

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          • #6
            My '63 has a the trunk mounted battery. I shelled out $140 for a very powerful one. It works great and I love NOT having it under the hood.


            Originally posted by davepink53 View Post
            Hi All. We are having trouble with Mick's '63 R1 Avanti Battery. Has anyone fitted a standard shape battery in the engine bay? I have heard that someone makes a fibreglass box that you can graft in (wish we had done that when the motor was out, before we repainted it) Is there room to somehow mount one in there without major modifacations? Thanks in advance.
            Dave...
            edp/NC
            \'63 Avanti
            \'66 Commander

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            • #7
              If you do put a battery in the trunk use one like the Optima that uses AGM (absorbed glass mat) contruction. These are a sealed battery & dont give off any fumes, no worries of spilled acid & no need to vent to the outside or be set in a case. Heavy guage welding wire to the solenoid & a short ground wire to the frame & you should be in business. I would run an additional ground from the frame to the engine up front, otherwise the light guage wire existing will be burned up. I use a nice fat strap that is found on early 80's Mercedes diesels (123 chassis) that run from the body to the bell housing on the left side.
              59 Lark wagon, now V-8, H.D. auto!
              60 Lark convertible V-8 auto
              61 Champ 1/2 ton 4 speed
              62 Champ 3/4 ton 5 speed o/drive
              62 Champ 3/4 ton auto
              62 Daytona convertible V-8 4 speed & 62 Cruiser, auto.
              63 G.T. Hawk R-2,4 speed
              63 Avanti (2) R-1 auto
              64 Zip Van
              66 Daytona Sport Sedan(327)V-8 4 speed
              66 Cruiser V-8 auto

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              • #8
                [QUOTE=davepink53;548844]
                Originally posted by stupak View Post
                Dave: What kind of 'trouble'? There are a multitude of original style '63 Avanti batteries that work well.

                The alternator is not funtioning properly and cooked the battery on our recent 9000 klm trip. 3EE type batteries are not available in Australia. We had the old battery rebuilt last year, but it would be good if a regular battery could be used. Had thuoght about Optima, but believe they are quite expensive!
                Dave.
                Hi Dave & Mick, those 3EE batteries are still available but they are now under a new number (which I have forgotten!). I will find it and send you a private message. I know of companies in Brisbane and Sydney who are stocking them.

                Chris.

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                • #9
                  Thanks Chris,and every one else as well
                  Dave.
                  Dave Pink
                  Victoria, Australia

                  1916 SF Roadster
                  1925 ER Tourer
                  1925 Panel Delivery
                  1953 Champion Sedan
                  1957 Golden Hawk
                  1971 Avanti II


                  Studebaker Car Club Of Australia Website
                  http://www.studebakercarclub.net

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