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

To: David Councill <>
Subject: Re: Best source for MGA/B 6 V. batteries?/ 12v
From: "James H. Nazarian" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 1999 20:55:19 -0500

In Ohio, you can walk into any K-mart or Walmart any day and buy an Exide brand
or Penske brand 975 CCA, 60-72 month guarantee battery for $69.95 or on sale for
$59.95. Frankly, I don't care whose name is on the outside, they come with a
12-24 month, in store exchange, after that they pro-rate the replacement. To
repeat, the batteries I refer to will drop right into the appropriate 
in MGA or MGB models. I believe the ads I've seen are national.


David Councill wrote:

> Not to be a disagreeable old cuss, but where can you find these 1000 cca
> batteries at? I live in Montana and have rarely seen any batteries with
> more than 700-800 cca and that is for the large truck batteries, not
> smaller car batteries. And that is top of the line ($$$). Maybe I'm missing
> something here.
> And like my battery vendor (Battery House, they only sell batteries) said -
> the 12V battery that fits in the battery compartment that houses the 6V
> battery, group 24 I believe, only comes in the lower ratings (due to its
> small size??). They told me I would sacrifice cranking amps by going to the
> 12v and so far, I've seen nothing to disagree with this. In fact, I looked
> all around town and the 12V batteries I found only came in 350-550 ranges.
> But I'm sure for maybe $100 and a special order, maybe something in a 700
> or 800 CCA can be found. The best I could find was a 550CCA and it cost
> about $70 (the 6V batteries cost $46 each).
> As far as 6V leaking acid, I've only had this happen on one battery in 20
> years and uncountable batteries. I generally have gotten 6-7 years on these
> batteries which is comparable to these 12V batteries (at least the
> DieHards, but better than others that have died in less than five years).
> If I could find something in a 700CCA or better that would fit in the 6V
> battery case, maybe I would ditch the 6 volt batteries. I am trying the 12V
> in my 71BGT but only because the car is so rusty that I've gotten cheap
> with it.  We'll see how it handles the cold.
> Around here, its not cold until its below zero - fahrenheit.
> David
> 71 BGT
> 67 BGT
> >As with most things, the rating systems change just to make comparisons
> >impossible. A pair of 6v batteries isn't even close to the CCA's of a modern
> >12 v an a nominal 700 CCA's, and it is easy to afford a 12v with nearly 1000
> >CCA at a K-mart type store for less than $90.
> >
> >
> >Oh, yea. if you do go for the paired 6v's, don't forget to check the acid
> >level every week...
> >
> >
> >Jim

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