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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 1st, 02, 04:38 AM Thread Starter
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It is that time to buy a battery but I dont want to go with the repro delco ones because I feel they wouldnt be as good as a new modern one. My car isnt orignal anyway so it doesnt matter what battery. I notice that optima red tops are in alot of catalogs. But what are you guys running in your 69's. Also what about abttery cables, classic industries has exact repros for 60 bucks a pair but then they have "non-cosmetic fitting" ones for like 40 bucks. Would it make a differnce???

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 1st, 02, 06:56 AM
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Depends on what you're after. I have a 68 coupe. It's in very good condition. I am opting to keep the appearance orignal as in interior and trim. On the other hand, being a coupe (non SS / RS) I am not getting too particular about original components. The return on a coupe ususally doesn't warrant extream attention to detail IMHO. I put an optima battery in mine and purchased cables at my local autozone. The salesman pitch on the optima states that it should outlast a conventional battery due to 'superior resistance to vibration'. I bought mine to minimize electrolite pukage. BTW: I've heard you can buy a 'topper' for your battery to make it look original.


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 1st, 02, 03:32 PM
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Have an Interstate 850 CCA battery in the car. Had it about 6 months and am well pleased with the power of this battery. As for cables usually buy whatever is available at the parts store.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 1st, 02, 07:24 PM
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i have the Exide version of the Optima- and it has not let me down in a year of service. even kept going after listening to the radio for a few hours one night with the car off. as for cables, i have a set of cables from an 87 Caprice cop car i parted out a few years ago, mainly due to the fact that they are in good shape and fit my extra wiring needs perfectly. when it is time to upgrade, i am making my own cables out of 00 welding cable- but when that happens, the battery will be out back, replaced underhood with a gutted shell of a battery for looks.

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 02, 08:54 AM
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I picked up the cheapest Die Hard from Sears two years ago just to be able to get my 69 out of the barn where it had been left to rot for 15 years. When I started the car for the first time (three weeks ago) the battery still had enough juice to fire the car. I also use Ricks cheap cables #SRP-53 @ $9.95 (+) and the #SRN-32 @ $6.95 (-) and the fit well, look good and do the job.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Sep 2nd, 02, 10:42 AM
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I have a Delco Freedom Battery that I put in in 1985. It seems to be doing just fine. Still has the green indicator and will start the car even if the head lights have been on for 2 hrs.
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