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Re: Best source for MGA/B 6 V. batteries?/ 12v

To: "Florrie & Allen Bachelder" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Best source for MGA/B 6 V. batteries?/ 12v
From: "Walt Goddard" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 1999 08:07:24 -0800
Lots (if not most) diesel rigs use that setup.  Parts for conversion are
readily available.

Walt Goddard

-----Original Message-----
From: Florrie & Allen Bachelder <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, December 05, 1999 3:56 PM
Subject: Re: Best source for MGA/B 6 V. batteries?/ 12v

>I've been lurking on this thread so far, but now my question can no longer
>be restrained.  I use a single 12-volt battery in my MGBs and although I
>live in the mountains of Southwest Virginia where cranking power is only
>occasionally significant, I'm originally from Minnesota where folks really
>appreciate cranking power.   I keep thinking - why not use those two
>battery boxes to house TWO  of these modern 12 volt batteries - wired in
>parallel, mind you, so you'd still get but 12 volts, but I'd suspect with
>awesome CCAs!  It might  involve a custom-designed battery terminal clamp
>that would accommodate two battery cables.
>Anybody care to comment?
>>From: Max Heim <>
>>I don't think you get any noticeable "improvement" except when the time
>>comes to replace the battery and you save money. Also, I suppose, you
>>have only half as many battery posts to keep clean.  A modern 12 volt
>>battery would probably have more cranking amps than the 6 volt
>>combination, but that wouldn't necessarily be noticeable on a day-to-day
>>basis. Of course, there is also the weight savings. All in all, it is
>>mainly a matter of convenience, not so much superior performance.
>>Jouke Bloem had this to say:
>>>I have an MG C GT. I also prefer originality but i can still keep the 6
>>>volts stored
>>>in case i want them back. What improvements can i expect from a 12 volt
>>>"James H. Nazarian" wrote:
>>>> Don,
>>>> You're going to get a flood of mail suggesting that you replace the
>>>>pair of
>>>> volt batteries with a single 12 volt battery. It is better for the car
>>>> easier to find. Toss the dual 6's and go with the single 12. I am also
>>>> originality freak like you, but this is the best little improvement you
>>>> for the car, and the silliest thing is it also works better and costs
>>>> Jim
>>Max Heim
>>'66 MGB GHN3L76149
>>If you're near Mountain View, CA,
>>it's the red one with the silver bootlid.
>Allen Bachelder
>'73 B - "done"
>'76 B - daily driver
>'73 GT - awaiting front wings
>'65 B shell - awaiting paint
>'67 GT - awaiting everthing
>'57 ZB - parts car or resto-candidate? - awaiting decision
>'49 YT - in "progress"

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