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Battery recommendation?

My 66 has been sitting for a few years and needs a new battery - old one won't take a charge. Instead of just heading to WalMart or Pep Boys does anyone have a specific recommendation for a replacement? I think 780 CCA was specified in the original DC 12. Any experience would be greatly appreciated.
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If you want the look of the battery used in 66 go with the Delco SR-59 Classic Car Script Sealed Maintenance Free Battery, they are expensive, but look original. click on the picture;


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Thanks for the heads up on the SR-59. If I want to just go with a regular commercial battery (Die Hard, etc.) should I just find one with the same approx. dimensions, CCA's, etc. I've had difficulty finding the battery specs for this car.
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Why not go with a DELCO premium battery? I was quoted 90 or so for my 70.
You can get a top to look OEM from Ames for about 35-40. I have seen them and they look pretty good. Its a plastic battery top that fits over top the battery and you hook your terminals up. Looks original.

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I've heard a LOT of negative feedback on the gel batteries failing prematurely in cars that sit a lot.
I have gotten to the point of buying the Wal-Mart, Pep Boys level batteries, because they seem to last as long as one twice as expensive in my seldom run vehicles, especially my boat. Most of these are warranted for 1-2 years free replacement and prorated for another 2 years. Most of mine last the 3-4 years and aren't worth anything on the prorate system for warranty anyway. Why spend 90-120 when 50-60 will do the same thing...

Randy, that Delco is a really nice looking battery !! If I ever get any of my 3 vehicles to a stage where I would drive them often, I would try to get past the price tag and buy one.

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Why not go with a DELCO premium battery? I was quoted 90 or so for my 70.
Delco has a "Professional" series battery for our cars now that retails for about $100. It carries a 50 month "full replacement" guarantee. Tough to beat. I just bought one for my 65.

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Delco has a "Professional" series battery for our cars now that retails for about $100. It carries a 50 month "full replacement" guarantee. Tough to beat. I just bought one for my 65.

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That is a good battery. While it doesn't look original for our classics, I did put one in my 2000 K1500 last year after the original, 8 year old battery gave out. Bought it over the counter from the Chev dealer down the street for under $100 with tax.

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Delco is the only battery I use. Been using them for 34 years their premium line is tops IMO.

As I stated previous you can get a battery and put that OEM looking plastic battery cover top on it and to look at it the battery looks period correct. Cheap alternative to spending 300 for a period correct one.

The battery cover top looks just like the battery top Randy's pic depicts.

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I've been doing what TMP is doing: Wal-Mart or Kragen batteries that seem to last just as long and cost $60 or less. I don't show my cars, just drive 'em, and they work for me. Maybe if I do a restoration on one of my goats someday, I'll pop for the "correct" battery.
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Jeff, part of my motivation to go "cheap" is the fact that I have 11 "units" that require batteries and the Pete takes 3. I'm buying at least 2 batteries a year around here. I've bought 3 so far this year. I replaced the original battery in my Harley this spring. It was 9 years old, so I went right back to H-D and bought an original replacement for $110. Seems spendy for a battery that you can hold in the palm of your hand but I figured if I got another 9 years, it was worth it...

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