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Re: Group 26 battery

To: "Ross Overcash" <>, "David Councill" <>,
Subject: Re: Group 26 battery
From: "Harlan Jillson" <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 20:53:34 -0500
In a word, No.   At least my Grp. 6 will not fit in the 'battery box liner'.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ross Overcash <>
To: David Councill <>;
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 5:54 PM
Subject: RE: Group 26 battery

>Dave while I can't give an opinion about switching to a group 26 battery,
>I'm doing it for purely economic reasons. You do raise a point about the
>plastic battery box liners.  The 6 volts fit just fine, but will a group 26
>also fit?  Anyone out there with the answer??
>Ross Overcash
>NAMGBR 1172
>Ayer, MA
>-----Original Message-----
>From: []On
>Behalf Of David Councill
>Sent: Thursday, May 20, 1999 12:33 AM
>Subject: Re: Group 26 battery
>A well timed query to the list. As I have recently run into battery
>problems on my 67BGT restoration.
>I'm hoping to have the car make its first appearance at work and in
>downtown Billings next Monday, just in time for British Car week. Since the
>car hasn't been driven for seven years, I've had mostly electrical problems
>getting it roadworthy.
>I thought I had a power drain because the 26 battery went dead on me and
>didn't hold a charge very long. So I put in two old 17hf 6 volt batteries
>from my 71bgt (it now has new 17hf batteries). But had the same problem.
>I started testing with my voltmeter (in leiu of the suggestion of another
>lister to put a light in line). That is when I found that I only had 10
>volts - 6 on one battery, four on the other. The 26 battery only had 9
>volts. Well, both sets did go back to 1992 so it wasn't too unexpected.
>I thought about replacing the one bad 6 volt battery. After all, the 67BGT
>still had the cable that connects the two 6 volts in place, battery boxes
>still had the rubber brackets. It just seemed natural to put evrything back
>as it used to be and get it off the 12 volt battery conversion.
>But my local battery vendor says it will be two weeks to get a 17hf in
>(they get shipments every two weeks). He sells them for $42. NAPA has them
>in stock for $70. But even going with a 26 battery, I'm looking at $40-$70
>depending on vendor. To get almost the same cranking amps the 6 volts gives
>me, Sears wants $70.
>I'm thinking of moving my 17HFs in the 71BGT to the 67 and then possibly
>converting the 71 to the 12 volt 26 battery if it will fit in the plastic
>battery bin (the 71 has advanced rust so the bin keeps the battery more
>Will the 26 fit without too much of a squeeze in the plastic battery bin?
>Any recoomendations on the best make of the 26 battery? Any regrets of
>switching or am I still one of the few holdouts here? I am still hesitant
>as you can see. But if persuaded to make the switch on one car, maybe I can
>be converted and you won't have to hear me advocating the 6 volters on this
>list anymore.
>67 bgt
>71 bgt

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