Correct battery for the Model T's battery box

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2015: Correct battery for the Model T's battery box
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:11 am:

Today, I went to AutoZone and got a new 6 Volt "Duralast" battery to replace the AutoZone battery that has lasted for 4 1/2 years (I put it in in the winter of 2010) and finally gave out. AutoZone has the perfect sized (height, width and length) battery to fit in the battery box with the positive and negative posts in the correct place. In case you are interested, the part number of the battery is 960195. Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 12:40 am:

The battery box setup I have on my '26 coupe, with access through the trunk, consists of the following part numbers: (1) 5150-B frame with a 1/2" thick wooden spacer shelf across the bottom strap; (2) 5152-B hold down clamps; (1) 5158 steel battery box and (1) 5159 battery box cover. There are grommets on the positive and negative cables leading into the box to keep the steel of the battery box and cover from cutting the cables. Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 01:10 am:

Farm supply stores often have the six volt batteries at a lower price than the auto parts outfits.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Martin Vowell, Sylmar, CA on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 03:54 am:

Steve's right and they usually have a couple of different sizes too.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:25 am:

Group 1 6 volt from Auto Zone or NAPA.
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Steve Jelf, Parkerfield KS on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:42 am:

I couldn't find six volt batteries on the feckless Auto Zone and Napa websites. Orscheln's six volt is $60. O'Reilly's is $90.

(Message edited by steve_jelf_parkerfield_ks on March 31, 2015)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dave Wells, Hamilton Ontario on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 01:01 pm:

TSC stores have 6 volt.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By john kuehn on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 02:15 pm:

Group 1 6 Volt is the size for Model T's and LOTS of old cars and Ford tractors from the 20's-60's and more.
The Sam's club here in town has a pallet load from time to time. TSC has them and they are usually sold out and just getting them in.
Its amazing how many are still old.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Norman T. Kling on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 04:07 pm:

I don't use the web site. Just go down to the store and buy a battery!
Norm


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Kirk Peterson Absaroka County on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 05:44 pm:

TSC = $79


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 10:37 am:

I'm not aware of a grommet for the ground strap. Did Ford have a part number for one? I personally don't think they used one since the whole battery box is grounded anyway. For the positive cable, they used a sleeve, but I guess you could call it a grommet. You must have a repro battery box, because the originals won't work without a little help!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Jim Patrick on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 01:51 pm:

Hi Larry. You are correct. I only have a grommet on the positive cable but I do have a short negative cable instead of a strap and I also have a reproduction box 5158 and top 5159, which is very nice. The 5150-B battery box frame assembly is original to my car. Jim Patrick


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 10:23 am:

I bought a reproduction battery box once, and promptly discarded it, because an original Ford battery would not fit! This is why I dislike reproductions so much. If you are going to reproduce a part, do it right. I finally got a local sheet metal guy to make them EXACTLY like the original, and now I'm happy. I use an original Ford top, and ground strap and a sleeve on the positive cable. I had to make a couple of brackets to support the lid on top of the modern battery, but that wasn't too difficult. I have an original Ford nos wood battery case, and an original Ford hard rubber battery case, that both fit in my battery box.


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