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6 VOLT Battery Options

Greetings All, I was having a hard time finding a decent 6 Volt battery. I'm not sure if this is common knowledge but Optima makes good one!







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Our 1964 SC coupe has been under our ownership for 17 years, she had an Optima 6V when purchased and I replaced it a few years ago, I would give this a thumbs up.
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Good to know they can last that long!... I made a box (pictured) for it so it can fit nicely in it's original spot.
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Love mine. And this little $20 (Walmart) maintainer works like a champ!



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That box you made, Bill is sweet! Think I will work on something like that. Thanks for the post and pics!
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Thanks Baz. It took some time to get the box just right. I'm happy with the result... Now I have to go to Walmart for that battery tender you have. Thanks for posting the pic!
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Regarding the box; The inner bottom floor has the same cut-out as the top. I can post a pics in a bit..
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Here you go... First pic shows the inside of the box. You can (hopefully) see how it matches the top.


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An old timers trick I have used for many years, might make me an old timer myself!

A penny or two glued to the top of a car battery near the + terminal will attract any corrosion and leave the battery terminals clean. Something to do with free electrons, but works like a charm. I used a dab of caulk does trick
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Great tip!! I'm going to try that with my wet batteries! I don't think it's needed with a dry Optima, is it?
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Thanks Baz. It took some time to get the box just right. I'm happy with the result... Now I have to go to Walmart for that battery tender you have. Thanks for posting the pic!
You're welcome, Bill. Thanks for the extra pics of your battery box. I don't have a router so mine will be rather crude but mine's a driver anyway - not a "show car".

She got a nice bath this morning. Will pull and clean her plugs later.

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I used Optimas for years, but they got expensive. Now I use a lead-acid Interstates and keep them all on maintainers and they last for 5-7 years at half the cost.
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FYI, someone is selling an empty new battery shell that is made to fit the Optima 6 volt battery. The Optima battery fits inside diagonally. They include the red and green felt rings that commonly go over the terminals to help fight corrosion. In this case they hide the somewhat crude holes made for the battery posts. Woody's Custom shop in Costa Mesa, CA makes the modifications and sells these. www.woodyscustomshop.com or do a search on eBay for "Cloaking Device for 6 volt Optima Battery looks like an original 6V PORSCHE 356". I bought the case, but am waiting on purchasing the Optima 6 volt battery until my lead-acid 6 volt battery dies.

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The cloaking device is cool on T6 (Bt6 and C) cars, but they do not fit in earlier 356s where the battery mounts in the middle of the spare tire well. There is simply not enough room between the metal uprights so you end up cutting pieces off the cloaking device and then it looks like sh&$%t

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