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Re: Group 26 battery

To: Ross Overcash <>
Subject: Re: Group 26 battery
From: Bud Krueger <>
Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 22:21:28 -0700

     My battery, from Sears, fits fine in the liner that I got from Moss.

Bud Krueger

Ross Overcash wrote:

> 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
> 74B
> NAMGBR 1172
> Ayer, MA
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On
> Behalf Of David Councill
> Sent: Thursday, May 20, 1999 12:33 AM
> To:
> 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
> secure).
> 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.
> David
> 67 bgt
> 71 bgt

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