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Old 11-04-2018, 12:46 PM   #1
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I have a friend who got a very nice 1931 model A roadster from the death of his Dad. The car sat inside for 5 years. it has a 6 Volt battery which I think is a very nice repro with the ford script. It is very dead and I am wondering if some one knows of an outfit in CT or NE area that might be able to refurbish it ? Any help appreciated Tom

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Old 11-04-2018, 10:58 PM   #2
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Some of these reproduction batteries are regular lead acid and some are AGM batteries. I thought there were two companies that made the batteries.


BBB states that Antique Battery in Ohio is out of business.


https://www.bbb.org/us/oh/youngstown...-0432-20003207


and here is the other,


Battery Central Mall


Office Hours: 9am - 5pm / Mon-Fri Eastern TimePhone: 804-861-0165

Fax: 804-412-2904Email: Sales DepartmentOffice Location: 4030 Cobblewood Drive
Disputanta, Virginia 23842



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Old 11-05-2018, 10:37 AM   #3
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Have you tried recharging the battery? Maybe w/a desulphator.
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:06 PM   #4
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This is an option if you must have a "correct" battery: https://www.theoldcarguys.com/resour...-auto-battery/
Otherwise go to a farm store and buy a 6V tractor battery. Will give you many years of good service. https://www.fleetfarm.com/detail/far...ctor%20battery
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:15 PM   #5
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Take it to a battery rebuilder if there is one around you.
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Old 11-07-2018, 07:39 PM   #6
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I've wanted to replace my Ford script battery (a real nice 70's repro) since it was lost in a flood 15 yrs ago. So I'm glad to learn somebody is making them available today.
When I followed the recent FB link to the AAB Battery Company, I was drawn to the part of their ad copy that says something like: "No judge will ever know the difference."
OK, but for $300++ I'd like to think Henry Ford couldn't tell the difference...
So, how would it be possible to have a fine-point Judge confirm this (Well, not the part about Henry!)?
Is there any way in place for the high-quality modern reproductions of the hardest-to-find, but widely used, 'fragile' parts, like a battery, or a shock absorber, or a windshield wiper blade, to be reviewed by members of the Judging Standards? The Standards do show closeups of the battery case details, BUT...
I assume the short answer is going to be: "Just go buy 'em, enter the car in fine-point, and find out..."
But...
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:25 PM   #7
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http://www.antiqueautobattery.com/


I don't think they are out of business as has been reported here and elsewhere. I think they changed names internally for whatever reason. I just called the number. I believe the machine said thanks for Jim's Battery Service or something like that. Still says doing the best antique reproductions. I've used them and like them. Click below...the battery you want...I believe.


http://www.antiqueautobattery.com/ba...d/fmodela.html
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:27 PM   #8
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From time to time, someone will say take your battery to a rebuilder.
I have not seen a automotive battery rebuild shop since the 50's.
Has anybody seen a automotive battery rebuild shop recently?
Some cities that have factory's that use electric forklifts have battery repair shops. But these shops cannot repair auto battery's because auto battery's are very different from forklift battery's and there tools and parts will not work on auto battery's.
I have searched many hours on the internet for tools and supplies to rebuild my own battery's, with no luck.
Auto battery's made in the last 50 or 60 years are not designed to be rebuilt, you would destroy it trying to take them apart.
If someone knows of a automotive battery repair shop, let us know.
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Local place, "The Battery Doctors" sell rebuilt or refurbished batteries (not sure which), I don't think they do them in-house. I'll give them a call tomorrow.
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When I followed the recent FB link to the AAB Battery Company, I was drawn to the part of their ad copy that says something like: "No judge will ever know the difference."

It's BS you will lose points. The casting is incorrect, and the caps are totally wrong.


Ask them to send you a guarantee that it will pass Model A judging or your money back and see how fast they back down.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:12 PM   #11
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Thanks Mike V,
Great suggestion.
I wonder how the vendors who's catalogs say that a particular repop part they are supplying is the ''most accurate part made'' (or something like that...) would respond to that kind of a challenge...?
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Thanks Mike V,
Great suggestion.
I wonder how the vendors who's catalogs say that a particular repop part they are supplying is the ''most accurate part made'' (or something like that...) would respond to that kind of a challenge...?
John

Wait a minute, "most accurate part made" and "No judge can tell the difference" are two different things.
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I have not fooled with six (6) volt batteries in years, but am pretty familiar with the AGM types.
Couldn't a handy fellow install an AGM battery into an original type case?
Maybe this is just a dumb question, but seems doable
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I have not fooled with six (6) volt batteries in years, but am pretty familiar with the AGM types.
Couldn't a handy fellow install an AGM battery into an original type case?
Maybe this is just a dumb question, but seems doable
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I know a guy who restored an old Harley and he showed me a battery. Looks identical to an old original he has, but cover comes off and a modern battery sits inside.
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