Still working on bringing my '27 coupe out of mothballs. I went looking for a new battery the other day and had a quick question. What CCA should I be looking at. I found group number 1 with around 600CCA and group number 4 with a whoppng 975CCA. I believe the group 4 would be to much for the old car. Is the group 1s 600CCA to much as well. I don't want to burn out the starter with to much amperage.
Randy, I use the group 1 battery. It also fits in the battery box. Some batteries may not fit.
The extra amp rating would not scare me, the starter only uses what it needs. Just since you have a large battery with a high current rating, it does not mean the starter will use it all.
If you replace any starting system wiring, stay with the large 6 volt type, not with the smaller wire used on 12 volt systems.
Have fun with that coupe
Buy a Group 1 battery at Tractor Supply. Group I 6 volt batteries will fit a lot of old cars and tractors. Auto-Zone has them also.
Wherever you buy one just make sure you get a fresh on.
I got all my Group 1 batteries at Carquest.
They aren't cheap but they're darn good batteries.
The common T battery at the tractor supply stores is a group one but if you want to save time just tell them you need one for a "N" Ford tractor. The 9N, 2N, and 8N Ford tractors all used the battery you are looking for and it will fit fine in your holder and easily spin your T since it has less compression and HP than the N tractor does. The best way to get a fresh battery is to buy it from a store that sells a lot of tractor batteries since N tractors are still pretty common. The local Blain's Farm and Fleet has a ton of 6V batteries in stock and they have very fresh date codes that prove they are selling lots of batteries. They are relatively inexpensive which I know is the most important thing of all to a T guy
For the heck of it, I put a Ford decal I bought from Macs on the side of my battery case the battery came from tractor supply but the decal caused a lot of people to think the battery was OEM.
After looking at all the above mentioned suppliers, my wife suggested looking at NAPA. I did not know they offer a senior discount. Because I am a senior, I do not remember what the discount was, but bottom line, the 6 volt battery there was less by $15, with a 4 year warranty. This was July of 2013.
You can't burnout a starter with a battery rated for a lot of CCA (assuming of course that the battery voltage is correct for the starter). For a given voltage and given load, the starter will use the same amps no matter the size of the battery.
More CCA simply means it will crank LONGER
More Amp hours means it will run a given accessory LONGER.
Generally the more amp hours the larger and heavier the battery will be. A group 4 is pretty hefty to carry in your T.
Tractor supply last Saturday. 89.99
T spins over great!
Here is a link to the local Farm and Fleet store where I buy batteries. The actual battery a the link is in my T but I bought it many years ago for $24.95 but it is the same exact battery. Still going and going and going.
Farm & Fleet and Fleet & Farm (two different companies) are in the upper mid-west. In San Angelo the equivalent would be TSC.
I have 2 A's and 2 T's and they all have the Tractor Supply (Exide) 6 volt group 1 batteries in them. I've owned all of them for over 25 years. Earlier I was getting 5 or 6 years life out of them (Walmart & TS brands) but now get about 1 to 2-1/2 years out of them. It's getting expensive at $80 + tax a clip. Do any of the other brands hold up better and what do they cost?
Since I don't run my T's all the time I use a battery trickle charger. It keeps the battery charged then automatically cuts off when its charged. It does make them last longer for me anyway.
The Super Start battery in my touring is still good. I bought it December 13, 2008, at O'Reilly for $64.07.
I don't use a trickle charger on them but I charge them about every 3 months when they are idle. This is what I always did when they lasted longer. I think that I have a pretty good "intelligent" charger.
O'Reilly sounds good and they are convenient to me. I didn't know you could get 6 volt batteries from them. I assume that they are ordered. Saving $15 sounds good.
I am appalled by the short battery life some people are reporting. Living in "the frozen north" I of course am only a seasonal driver as well. And quite honestly I do tend to neglect my batteries. I don't charge them over the winter, but my cars do sit in heated storage. I feel that the best thing I ever bought to extend the life of my batteries was a ONE amp UNREGULATED ("stupid") charger. Something like this is not as easy to buy anymore, but they are still around. My experience is if you "hit" your battery with 6-10-15 amps you will not have much luck. Putting the one amp charger on and leaving it for a day and maybe two has worked very well for my. Patience can be a real virtue with this.
In the past I bought a some DuraStart labeled Fleet Farm batteries.
I switched to Carquest batteries only after Delco prices went nuts.
Good enough...Group #1 it will be then.
I got a new group 1 battery from Autozone this week. It was manufactured 2-14. So it is a fresh battery and works well.