After ten years and some neglect, it just won't turn the T starter anymore. This one came from Pepboys, and I had to fake a year and model of car so they could sell me one. Can't remember what that was, and I don't keep good records. I'm sure Autozoners and O'reallies are the same way.
The important info is gone from the label, so I don't even know what group it is. It's about 7x9 L&W, and none of our other cars have one that small. I can't find a group list on wiki.
Guess I'll head for Battery Mart in Costa Mesa, where they can give me a matching battery.
I buy a group 35 from Walmart as best I remember.
Ted is correct. A Group 35 battery is almost identical in size to a 6 volt battery and will fit a Model T easily.
For a car that is even driven weekly, much less, daily, I wouldn't recommend skimping on a 12 volt battery (or a 6 volt for that matter). You get what you pay for and its life will show. Ask George Clipner in LA.
What ever you do, do not buy a carquest battery, they have a good warranty, but you still have to replace them, and they go dead at the worst possible time.
I never buy batteries from a parts store or warehouse store like Walmart, K-Mart, etc.
Go to a battery store that only sells batteries. Much cheaper. And they are more likely to be fresh.
On the other hand I buy from a chain store and you can exchange it in any town if it goes bad under warrantee.
For a pre starter car I buy a Saab battery because they fit under the back seat.
Since I work at Wally Mart, I'll agree and disagree with Aaron. The popular sized batteries, 24, 24F, 35, 75, 78, etc. sell so fast at our store that typically we'll run out of a battery group from week to week (we get shipments every week). However, don't go to Walmart to buy an odd sized battery if that group size fits only your car and nothing else. I can't remember what car it fit, maybe a Mercedes, but this last Fall a guy came in to buy a battery and the date code on the battery indicated it was made in January of 2012.
Thanks for the size info, guys. Turns out the poor old batt was low on fluid. I hadn't checked it in years. A top up with RO water and a full charge, and she's almost as good as new.
Meanwhile, I found Battery Mart in Costa Mesa, and I can carry in an unknown battery, deal with an experienced seller, and walk out with the same size battery.
Thanks for the link, Gary. Looks like 35 is same as 25. Terminal layout must be different. Too bad they didn't include that.
I've been buying batteries from Carquest for years.
Why? Because I never had one go bad before its time.
At ten years old I really doubt it's as good as new just filling the cells and charging. Be prepared to buy a new one. The 25 and 35 have opposite post patterns but are in fact the same in size.
I'm learning !!!!! Thanks Terry & Aaron
George n L.A.
Yeh, Scott, it's on borrowed time, but expense delayed is sometimes expense avoided.
Younger son's fiancee pointed me to a Model T Battery for sale on Tbay: yep, a buzz coil.
Ok, the batt. that I picked up was the 26-5N from Walmart. 60bucks, 2yr warr.
I saw that "Wooden Battery" Or it might of been on Craigs list....200.00 bucks!! Fat Chance