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  • Hallabutt
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    I agree with lynn. Although my daily drivers, and a few of my least important collector car as well, usually get regular Walmart batteries, I use Optima batteries in my cars, that really matter. Before I had my epiphany, many years ago, I had too many cars damaged by a rogue battery going bad before I realized it. Getting a cheap battery that will start a car for five years is the easy part. Getting a battery that will usually last five, or more times as long, without risking damaging a car is easy too. It just takes a mindset change. Once you have experienced the difference, I believe that few would return to mediocrity.

    A little story for perspective. Twenty five years ago I bought my first 6V optima to use in my 1955 Speedster, but had not yet installed it. I had been planning to take my 1931 Four Season to a concourse event, but when I tried to start it, the three yo Interstate had failed, what to do? Changing out an original type battery in one of these can be really a challenge for a younger person. The floor has to be removed to access the battery, which is housed in a box under the passenger's feet. Now you can see it, but the only way to get the battery out is straight up and there is no room for your hands, so you have to use a battery strap, or attach something to each terminal. The interstate that had just failed weighed 46#! I trust that no more removal graphic is necessary.

    The New Optima was right there, and what's more it withed a mere 16#, but would it even turn over the big straight eight? Not to worry, because it turned over the engine, at least, as good as the Interstate had on it's best day! Until two years ago that battery never come out of the car. Once or twice a year I would put a charger on it, and it never failed to do it's job. A year and a half ago when I got ready to display the car at the America's Car Museum, it acted a little logy, at which time I swapped it out for the battery in one of my 1937 Presidents. The battery that I took out of the 37 had not had any attention in over six months, but the 31 started immediately. When I took the time to do the calculation, I had just replaced a 25 yo battery with a 16 yo battery. But probably the most important part was NO damage to the restored battery box. It's your car, you be the judge.
    Bill

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  • Lynn
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    I have stopped buying any wet cell batteries. Spent the better part of 3 hours cleaning the four wet cell Interstate deep cycle extreme duty batteries in my scissor lift. Had to replace some cables and ends because of the corrosion. None of my AGM batteries leak acid or fumes.

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  • Hawklover
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    Originally posted by Topper2011 View Post
    Attention!! Be aware that the Willard battery I purchased from antique auto battery was a POS:-(............I tossed it in the garbage in less than one year, I contacted the owner of the company............that exchange proved to be a waste of time. Just letting you all know my experience.

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  • StudeRich
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    Yes it is correct, thank you.
    I see they have renamed it a 3EW/B (Willard Batt. ?) and it has the Old Type Tar Top, not a Maintenance Free, limited Vent like modern Batteries now have to all but eliminate Acid leaks.

    This one is OK for a 400 Point Show Car seldom driven.

    The good News is, it shows 850 CCA and Mine is only 400, with 500 CA.

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  • Topper2011
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    Originally posted by StudeRich View Post
    Apparently all of you Avanti owners talking about Battery Braces have '64 Avantis.

    I don't have the luxury of using Group 24, 25, or 26 Batteries in my fairly Late '63, since of course most Avantis have the 3EE Forklift Batteries, with absolutely NO choice of sizes, Cranking AMPS and fewer Brands. Unless anyone would want an incorrect Size and Look Battery.
    Rich, iirc, they have places like this that may help.

    https://www.antiqueautobattery.com/other.html

    Not familiar with the Avanti battery. Does it look like this?


    Last edited by Topper2011; 12-22-2019, 09:09 AM.

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  • StudeRich
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    Apparently all of you Avanti owners talking about Battery Braces have '64 Avantis.

    I don't have the luxury of using Group 24, 25, or 26 Batteries in my fairly Late '63, since of course most Avantis have the 3EE Forklift Batteries, with absolutely NO choice of sizes, Cranking AMPS and fewer Brands. Unless anyone would want an incorrect Size and Look Battery.

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  • Dwight FitzSimons
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    Originally posted by Hawklover View Post

    Dwight all those with Avantis should install the support brace under the battery box, no longer have to be concerned with the weight of the battery causing the battery case to split. Jon Myer sells the battery box brace.
    One of my Avantis (R5407) has the brace. My new one (R5255) I'll have to check. On the battery sizes, I should have mentioned size 25, which has the same dimensions as a 24, but is an inch or so shorter in length. The size 26 battery is even smaller. There is at least one list of all car batteries, along with their dimensions and terminal type & placement, available on the internet. Google found it easily. A battery hold-down that fits modern batteries is another whole discussion.
    -Dwight

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  • StudeRich
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    Originally posted by E. Davis View Post

    I love it. An honest salesman. Our Maytag dish washer gave up the ghost after 20 years of faithful service and I wanted to replace it with another of the same brand. I asked the salesman about the guarantee and he said it was 6 years and he doubted it very much if it would last any longer than that. They just don't make stuff like they used to...batteries included.
    I feel your pain Earle, our New Maytag dishwasher has the forward facing Electronic Control Panel (a printed circuit, touch panel "Brain"), it failed in less than 2 years, $286.97 Installed to repair, no warranty.

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  • E. Davis
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    Originally posted by Jeffry Cassel View Post
    My friendly local mechanic says they were great batteries, but, like every other company, they "outsourced" and they are not so hot any more. It is luck more than anything. Couple days ago had to replace the battery in my little tractor; it was 11 years old (New Holland) The counter guy sold me a new one that looked just like it for $100 and a guarantee that it would not last 11 years.
    I love it. An honest salesman. Our Maytag dish washer gave up the ghost after 20 years of faithful service and I wanted to replace it with another of the same brand. I asked the salesman about the guarantee and he said it was 6 years and he doubted it very much if it would last any longer than that. They just don't make stuff like they used to...batteries included.

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  • Hawklover
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    Originally posted by Dwight FitzSimons View Post
    A size 26 battery has the terminals in the right place and is a bit smaller (and lighter) than a size 24. That puts a bit less weight on the fiberglass battery tray of an Avanti. Modern batteries have more CCA's than batteries in 1963, so the size 26 should be adequate for our needs today in our Studebakers. Comments?
    -Dwight
    Dwight all those with Avantis should install the support brace under the battery box, no longer have to be concerned with the weight of the battery causing the battery case to split. Jon Myer sells the battery box brace.

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  • Frank DuVal
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    Interstate battery was formed by John Searchy in 1952..............he hauled batteries around in the back of his Studebaker p/u!
    Yes, even back at the beginning, Interstate was just marketing batteries made by others. John was out selling batteries from his pick-up, not running a manufacturing plant.

    Next we should discuss oil brands!

    And they say no religious discussions on this site....

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by TWChamp View Post
    Even though the battery sat for a year, I'd stick it on a 6 amp charger for 24 hours and see if it will come back to life. Sometimes it works, and sometimes not. Check the battery once in a while when it's being charged, and if it feels like it's getting hot, then unplug the charger and buy a new battery.
    Fairly recently, I purchased a car at auction that had not been run for more than one year, probably two (estate settlement). Others thought that the battery (12 volt) was long gone (the car was new enough for the battery to be drawn down by the computer, alarm system, etc.). It had even gone through below freezing temperatures. I decided that there was no harm in trying to bring it back. I had the car in my driveway and stayed away from it while charging. I used one of my six amp maximum chargers. I put it on for several hours per day for a few days straight. The battery came back to life and worked fine, at least until sometime later when I sold the car.

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  • TWChamp
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    Studebaker International was selling the blue battery rejuvenator stuff on their bargain table a couple weeks ago. I bought a couple, and think I only paid $1 or $2 each. I used some in 1973 on my 1952 Land Cruiser battery, and it worked good, but within a couple months the local thieves vandalized my car and stole the radio, battery, and radiator. They probably sold the parts for a couple bucks for drugs.

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  • bensherb
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    It's not around any more but there are similar products available. $6 at Wal-Mart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Charge-It...&wl13=&veh=sem

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  • RadioRoy
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    There was a JC Whitney product called VX-6 or something similar. It was supposed to restore a battery with sulphated plates.

    It worked for me and restored a battery that would not take/hold a charge.

    A friend of mine said VX-6 was basically Epsom salts. Who knows?

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