As one of the few remaining advocates for the 6 volt batteries, I'll have
to throw in a few comments. The price of $65 is about average; NAPA here in
Billings (MT) has them in stock for that price. But I found another battery
vendor that sells them for about $47 locally, except they have to order
them in which takes a couple of days. Since all they sell is batteries, I
talked to them about the pros and cons.
If you go with the single 12v, you will get less power. The two six volt
batteries in series provides 12 volts and 700 cranking amps. However, you
can purchase a 12V battery for $50-60, it will give you somewhere around
400-600 cranking amps. That really only matters to us northerners though.
One advantage to the 12V though - if you use the battery cases (available
from most MG parts distributers), you will have a handy storage compartment
in the other vacant battery slot.
I've always sworn by my 6 volt batteries, particularly because of the need
for that extra cranking power when it gets below zero. But now that my BGT
is not my sole driver, its not so critical.
I did get cheap earlier this year so now my 71BGT is powered by a 12V
Diehard. The 67BGT has new 6V batteries. Right now, they start about the
same but they haven't been tested with below zero weather either. But I'm
keeping my 67BGT as original as possible - 6 volt batteries, positive
ground. As it should be.
74 Toyota Landcruiser (the "convertible")
>The batteries on my '73 B GT need replacement and I called my local
>Interstate Battery distributor and got a quote of $65 apiece. Is this the
>going price? Does anyone know of any other source? I prefer to retain the
>two 6 volts rather than convert to a single 12 volt as I'd like to keep the
>car as original as I can. (I live in northern California.)