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#863738 Mon Jul 02 2012 04:39 PM
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Time to replace the 6v battery in my 55.1 chevy 3100. Been running the 6v farm/truck battery from Advance auto parts...Anyone out there who is still running 6volt batteries have any good recommendations...regular, dry cell, gel cell, etc or ??? Any info/recommendations greatly appreciated.


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If you're willing to modify your battery box, this one will provide much greater cold cranking power than the stock 6V battery. It's the same one that's used in banks of 4 in older Diesel trucks to provide 24V for starting in cold weather. It won't fit through the hole in the floorboard, so you'll need to change it from underneath.

http://www.batteriesplus.com/product_search/23931-Ultra-Pro-Series-Fleet,-Heavy-Duty-Group-4-Hi-Capacity-6--Volt-Battery-SLI4A.aspx

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I use the regular 6 volt battery from Batteries Plus and found it to be a bargain at around $60.


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Originally Posted by Hotrod Lincoln
If you're willing to modify your battery box, this one will provide much greater cold cranking power than the stock 6V battery. It's the same one that's used in banks of 4 in older Diesel trucks to provide 24V for starting in cold weather. It won't fit through the hole in the floorboard, so you'll need to change it from underneath.

http://www.batteriesplus.com/product_search/23931-Ultra-Pro-Series-Fleet,-Heavy-Duty-Group-4-Hi-Capacity-6--Volt-Battery-SLI4A.aspx

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Originally Posted by Redfishangler
Time to replace the 6v battery in my 55.1 chevy 3100. Been running the 6v farm/truck battery from Advance auto parts...Anyone out there who is still running 6volt batteries have any good recommendations...regular, dry cell, gel cell, etc or ??? Any info/recommendations greatly appreciated.


Thanks,
-Paul


I'm still running 6v and I recommend the Optima 6v. 1000 CCA and it'll fit in your battery box but you may need to make up a spacer because it's half as thick as a 12v battery. I used two 2x6s & zip tied them to the battery, one on each side. It's been 6 years now and it's still going strong.

Last edited by Tiny; Tue Jul 03 2012 02:05 PM. Reason: fixed bad info

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Tiny #863870 Tue Jul 03 2012 01:30 AM
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I have a 6 volt Optima in my 53 Chevy 3100 and it fits just perfect on a diagonal (no need for spacers.) And the hold down works with it. I have had this battery for going on 6 years and it's still going strong.

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I have been using the Optima 6v batteries for at least 6 years. They cost more but they last longer.


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AD_Pickup #863948 Tue Jul 03 2012 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by AD_Pickup
I have a 6 volt Optima in my 53 Chevy 3100 and it fits just perfect on a diagonal (no need for spacers.) And the hold down works with it. I have had this battery for going on 6 years and it's still going strong.

Thanks for that. I should have qualified my reply that he "might" have to make a spacer. I did on my '38 because my battery box is a three inch wide strip of steel and without the spacer the battery would have fallen out the side. I don't know when Chevy went to a full battery tray but I changed my first post to hopefully prevent confusion for future readers of this thread.


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AD_Pickup #864510 Thu Jul 05 2012 05:13 PM
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Sorry it has taken me so long to respond...

Jerry- i like the 975 CCAs of the battery you recommended, but don't want to modify the battery tray.

Tim, AD_pickup and Tiny- I looked up the optima battery you guys recommended and really like that option. I am pretty sure my battery box is the same as the '53. So placing the battery on a diagonal might work or I will just make the mentioned spacers. Sounds like the optima works pretty well... so I see a new red top battery purchase in my near future.

Thanks for all your help. Much appreciated.: )

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I'm using the basic 6v from Autozone. Been almost two years and no troubles so far. Its sat disconnected for several months at a time as I work on the truck and its been fine. When I start driving more I'll switch to the Optima if this one gives me any trouble.

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