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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 01, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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I need to buy a new battery for my 68. I have a 396 w/11:1 comp. and a high torque starter. What kind of battery should i buy. I dont really have too much cash to spend on one so an Optima or the like is not really an option. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 01, 11:44 AM
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I'm a Diehard fan. That's what I have for my car with a 400 SB and a high torque starter.

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Speaking of Diehards, if you don't already have some kind of an alarm on your car, the Diehard security battery might be worth looking into.....Several members here have purchased them, and have had nothing but good things to say about them. They are a little pricey (just over 100 bucks), but a relatively small price to pay for a little piece of mind......KZ

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I have a 11:1 355. I went to AutoZone and got a battery for 50 bucks with 800 CCA, works great; good warranty. I really wanted an Optima but there are other itms ahead of that on my goodie list.

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I have also had good success with the Autozone batteries... They are affordable and durable ...
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 1st, 01, 05:06 PM
 
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Optima Red Top is the choice for me.

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I used to be a DieHard fan. They were the BEST batteries! I always got them. Then when I got my '73 it had a DieHard that was bad. I got a replacement from Sears, no charge as it was still under warranty. I was surprised when the new battery died 6 months later! I got another, under warranty again. The guy at Sears said they don't make them anymore, they just private label whatever cheap offshore batteries they can get now. So I stopped getting them. Wards was my next choice, I've had pretty good luck with them. But now they are ch13. Maybe I'll try Autozone..


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The guy at Sears is a flake - Delco made DieHards for many years, then Exide made them for the last six years, and now they're made by Johnson Controls.

Get the highest CCA number (Cold Cranking Amps) with the best warranty you can afford; forget the rest of the hype.

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 01, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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What size do i need for my combo????
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Jun 2nd, 01, 08:38 AM
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I've used a lot of AC Delco batteries and they've always lasted a long time and worked well. Plus they are less likely to leak than some other brands.

Exide makes a decent battery too. I am using one in my 69 right now, but dont have any long term experience with it.

I've had bad luck with Champion batteries. Consumer Reports did a battery test a few years ago, and the Champion batteries they tested also didnt perform well.

Like was said, with your high compression get one with high CCA. Batteries with 850 CCA or more are offered by most manufacturers.
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I prefer the new Gel-cells myself.

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