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    Posted: 07-March-2015 at 2:44PM
I've started researching different batteries and was wondering what everyone is using in their cars. Please list any information you have to offer: Brand, style, Fit, ect.
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I am running the one from Wal-Mart.
That way I can get it warranteed ANYWHERE when we are on the road.
 
There is a pic with the numbers and info on my build thread a few pages back
 


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there's less than a handful of actual battery manufacturers, they're just labels & build specs
I just put one of these in my DD, advertised at 850 CCA it tested over 1000 after I installed it at home then went back to have the charging system tested
 
 
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^^^max is right about mfg's batteries lately are like everything else---don't last / made poorly, so i'm only buying interstate batteries for my vehicles they seem to last and hold up well!! i've got a group 24 in the torino
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Whichever size (group#) you get, se if you can get one with the + and - poles reversed. Get that + post away from the fender.
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Duralast group 24.  AZ's Duralast batteries are made by JCI, who manufactures the majority of the big 3's batteries as a tier one supplier.  Warranteed across the U.S.
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Originally posted by Big Bird Big Bird wrote:

Whichever size (group#) you get, se if you can get one with the + and - poles reversed. Get that + post away from the fender.
 
we just had a thread recently about the + terminal being near the body metal, I don't recall there being a clear decisive group # that is right?
 
I thought the 24F has the reversed terminals for Ford and the std group 24 (chevy) is the one that puts the + on the inner fender... or is that the chevy bat is the safe one in a Ford?
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Diehard Gold Group 34. Fits factory battery tray. Gold performs well without the issues of glass mat batteries. Not that glass mat batteries are bad, just there are some things to consider with them.
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I got one with the flipped terminals too
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Originally posted by Rockatansky Rockatansky wrote:

I thought the 24F has the reversed terminals for Ford and the std group 24 (chevy) is the one that puts the + on the inner fender... or is that the chevy bat is the safe one in a Ford?


The 24F when installed with the terminal posts closest to the solenoid will result in the positive post being in the stock Ford location by the fender.




The standard group 24 is what you want to put the positive terminal towards the engine. Some of the base models battery tray and factory hold downs will only support a group 56 without modification, which has the terminal by the fender. I'm currently using a group 34/78 dual terminal "universal" battery. If you use a regular group 34 make sure it's not a 34R which would put the positive back on the fender side. Don't forget you might need a little longer cables if you flip terminal post locations.
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I was having issues with hot starts (not to be confused with hot sharts). Put in a gear red. starter, and a Diehard Platinum (#50065) battery. Its a big sucker. Group Size 65. 930 CCA, 1350 HCA, 60 pounds, fits the tray (shorter and wider than the suggested battery), and I haven't had an issue starting since. Also, the + cable is no longer right next to the fender. At around $225, it was worth it for me. I've spent more money on worse things. 


^Link is for the newer battery. 20 CCA more. #51065 Funfact: These are rebadged 'Odyssey' batteries. 


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Mine came to me with some crap Yuasa thing....will be ripping it out for a Varta
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Group 65 here as well, required modifying the battery tray and fabbing up the upper mounts, but well worth the effort IMO.  
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Tried to stick with that stock thing , made sure it didn't say MADE IN MEXICO


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I use the Motorcraft BXT-24-A  from the local Ford dealer.  Exact fit for the stock battery hold down......BXT-24-A places the positive terminal away from the fender and the BXT-24-B places it next to it.  The cold weather that we have had the past couple of winters did not effect it at all....started the car up and allow to run for a 1/2 hr. once a month type of stuff.     

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My GTS has the 351c and over the years had trouble with hot starts until I installed an interstate megatron.  I think it's the mt34, never had trouble since and I own the car since 1976.
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Originally posted by albo74 albo74 wrote:


Tried to stick with that stock thing , made sure it didn't say MADE IN MEXICO



And this is why Ford used that pop riveted piece of plastic on the fenderwall.
Now that I have seen a few... I look and MOST of the cars that are original/junkyard beauties have that piece.
Cars that have been out on the road all these years seem to not have them.
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I 2nd the AGM batteries like the Platinum, I got that recently for my 91 Lincoln. It's 54lbs heavy.

The issue is price, dirt cheap choices run $110 or so now. Middle range is about $150, and the good stuff is over $200.

I even priced Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries because the normal things are so high. I see that looking a little, you can buy a couple of the things to replace one lead acid type, for about $400. I do not know what the actual performance comparison would be, or the lifespan. But it seems comparable, and if they lasted longer, it would be a decent alternative, especially if prices keep climbing.

Here's one of many on Amazon; http://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-BTL35A480C-Lithium-Phosphate/dp/B00F9LPL5E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425837891&sr=8-2&keywords=Lithium+Iron+Phosphate+Battery

At 3.6 pounds, and 480CCA, it sounds promising. Who'll try one or two?
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Originally posted by albo74 albo74 wrote:

Tried to stick with that stock thing , made sure it didn't say MADE IN MEXICO
 
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Interstate carries both 24F and 34R batteries. In either case it puts the positive terminal near the fender and solenoid. There are other battery group sizes that might work, some a half inch wider, some narrower, some taller some shorter.

I used an Interstate Mega Tron (MT-34R) as the last battery in my sedan before it was sold. 700 cold cranking amps (CCA) and 875 cranking amps (CA). This is a shorter battery than the 24F by one inch but matches width and length wise.

Interstate Mega Tron Plus 24F (MTP-24F) is a 1000CA and 800CCA battery. It is 3/4 inch longer than a regular 24F. Should fit most Fords just fine.

The only higher amperage batteries they sell include:

1) Interstate Mega Tron Plus Group 65 (MTP-65) is a top terminal battery and the positive would be near the fender and solenoid once installed. It has 1095CA and 875CCA. It is an inch longer (12" total) and 5/8 inch wider (7.5" total) but is not as tall (7.5" total) as a 24F (11 inches long, 6 7/8 inches wide, 8 3/4 inches tall).

2) Group 79 which is a side terminal battery, about the same size (give or take 1/8 inch) than the 65. I wouldn't want to convert to side terminals, that's a GM junk thing and I see more often than not leakage out of those side terminals and then you've got acid everywhere.

3) Group 93 puts out 1065CA and 850CCA. This is MUCH wider (14 3/8") and will probably definitely not fit a Torino.

Content ganked from http://www.interstatebatteries.com/content/product_info/auto_interstate_f.asp

I have an Interstate Battery store about ten minutes from me. Get everything there. Not just for the Suburban and minivan, but also for the tow trucks, cordless impact batteries, and replacement batteries for jump boxes. Most Interstate stores sell used automotove batteries as well in the $40-$50 range. You might only get a month to six months of warranty, but it's a lot better than the $120-$180 batteries brand new these days.
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