Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-07-2019, 06:57 PM   #1
coolcoupe
Senior Member
 
coolcoupe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: ontario,Canada
Posts: 331
Default battery

Are tractor supply 6 volt tractor batteries ok to use on our old cars?
coolcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2019, 07:04 PM   #2
HDowse
Senior Member
 
HDowse's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Hancock, New Hampshire
Posts: 222
Default Re: battery

If you buy the Group 1 it should fit and perform OK. I use NAPA Group 1 batteries in my old cars and get 7-8 years out of them. I’m careful to keep the water/acid leve topped off and charge them up once a month in the winter.
HDowse is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 04-07-2019, 07:27 PM   #3
coolcoupe
Senior Member
 
coolcoupe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: ontario,Canada
Posts: 331
Default Re: battery

I 'm having a hard time getting a 6 volt battery lasting any more then 2 yrs so I heard about TSC and wondered if anyone had good/bad luck with them.
Thanks for the reply, Moe
coolcoupe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2019, 07:37 PM   #4
tubman
Senior Member
 
tubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Minnesota, Florida Keys
Posts: 4,655
Default Re: battery

Do they have any group 2 or 2L batteries? Group 1 batteries are kinda small and I've never had much luck with them. Chevies, Plymouths, and old tractors, maybe, but old Fords used a larger battery.
tubman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2019, 08:02 PM   #5
Anteek29
Senior Member
 
Anteek29's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Santa Maria, CA
Posts: 544
Default Re: battery

Recently got a Group 1 at our local Tractor Supply for my '55 Vic. Performs fine.
Less than $100. SKU # 132347299.
__________________
Alan
1929 Special Coupe
1941 Pick-Up
1955 Victoria
Anteek29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-2019, 08:39 PM   #6
4dFord/SC
Senior Member
 
4dFord/SC's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Columbia, SC
Posts: 1,466
Default Re: battery

Last Monday, the local TSC had a clearance sale on 6v positive ground batteries.
4dFord/SC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 08:59 AM   #7
totto
Senior Member
 
totto's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Midland, MI
Posts: 105
Default Re: battery

I went to "Batteries and Bulbs" and they have 6 volt for Ford Tractors and Model A. Bought battery for tractor. Price was reasonable.
totto is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 09:52 AM   #8
54vicky
Senior Member
 
54vicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 362
Wink Re: battery

Quote:
Originally Posted by 4dFord/SC View Post
Last Monday, the local TSC had a clearance sale on 6v positive ground batteries.
all batteries can be positive ground it depends on your battery orientation as to where the posts sitin relation to your cables(+ -)
54vicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 10:35 AM   #9
tubman
Senior Member
 
tubman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Minnesota, Florida Keys
Posts: 4,655
Default Re: battery

Actually, there are "Positive" and "Negative" batteries. It has to do with the relative size of the posts.
tubman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 10:39 AM   #10
corvette8n
Senior Member
 
corvette8n's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 36 miles north of Albany NY
Posts: 1,665
Default Re: battery

Bought one for my Ford 8n there, it was in my tractor for about five years before I sold it, never had a problem with it.
corvette8n is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 10:44 AM   #11
Bob C
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: So Cal
Posts: 6,332
Default Re: battery

Quote:
Originally Posted by tubman View Post
Actually, there are "Positive" and "Negative" batteries. It has to do with the relative size of the posts.

Yes, the positive post is the larger one.


Bob
Bob C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 11:09 AM   #12
Byron Warwick
Senior Member
 
Byron Warwick's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Corunna, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 305
Default Re: battery

I have had Interstate 6v batteries since I returned to the road. One lasted 8 years, the next one only 2 years. i now am using an 8 volt Interstate, and find it is one of the best things I have done for my truck. You do not have to change any bulbs, and they are significantly brighter. It starts like a 12 volt battery. I started up the truck yesterday, after its winter hibernation, and never did anything thru the winter except to disconnect the ground cable.
Cheers, Byron.
__________________
IT'S NOT YOUR AGE, IT'S YOUR ATTITUDE !
Byron Warwick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 11:56 AM   #13
mfirth
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: ohio
Posts: 236
Default Re: battery

Always wondered about 8 volts, but don't know anyone here in Ohio running one. Any more of you guys using 8 v batteries? mike
mfirth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 01:33 PM   #14
JSeery
Senior Member
 
JSeery's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Wichita KS
Posts: 12,593
Default Re: battery

You will find a lot of negative post on them if you do a search.

Last edited by JSeery; 04-08-2019 at 04:59 PM.
JSeery is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 04:58 PM   #15
rotorwrench
Senior Member
 
rotorwrench's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Posts: 9,813
Default Re: battery

The 8-volt is not necessary if the electrical system is correct and in good condition.
rotorwrench is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 05:54 PM   #16
54vicky
Senior Member
 
54vicky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 362
Default Re: battery

Quote:
Originally Posted by tubman View Post
Actually, there are "Positive" and "Negative" batteries. It has to do with the relative size of the posts.
that is what I said by writing orientation I guess I should have said size of posts but assumed that would be common sense they have been that way for at least 60 years and longer I only know of the ones I have owned ie big post+ negative-
54vicky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-2019, 06:06 PM   #17
petes 50 merc
Member
 
petes 50 merc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northern California
Posts: 34
Default Re: battery

i have a 6 volt optima in my merc my last one lasted over 10 years a friend of mine has one in his ford over 12 years
petes 50 merc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2019, 12:00 AM   #18
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 1,984
Default Re: battery

You could try using AA's > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k1tbf8muMc
__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers! Damn!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0

petehoovie is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2019, 12:15 AM   #19
40 Deluxe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: now Kuna, Idaho
Posts: 2,908
Default Re: battery

Quote:
Originally Posted by mfirth View Post
Always wondered about 8 volts, but don't know anyone here in Ohio running one. Any more of you guys using 8 v batteries? mike
Just remember, you must adjust the the voltage regulator up to a charging voltage of around 9.5 volts to keep that 8 volt battery charged or it will likely die an early death due to sulfation, plus it won't have the reserve capacity it should have.
40 Deluxe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2019, 09:30 AM   #20
Dave Castle
Senior Member
 
Dave Castle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: Carmel, Ca
Posts: 258
Default Re: battery

1 question, 20 different answers, love it !
__________________
"If you do not want to hear the answer, don't ask the question!"
Dave Castle is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:55 PM.