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Old 05-21-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

The optima battery in the Ford Script battery case on my truck died. Has anyone taken the top off of the Script battery case to install a new Optima? Any words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

Yes. Look in the archives for a piece I wrote on that very subject three or 4 years ago, maybe longer.
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

There is a good tech article on the EFV-8C/A, Northern Ohio Regional Group #20 website that gives details on how to install an Optima 6V Red Top Battery in a Ford script lead acid battery case. There should be some information in that article that tells you how to remove the top of that script case. Hopefully by clicking one of the two url's below, they will get you to that article....

http://www.norgv8club.org/norg/index...-docs-and-tips

http://www.norgv8club.org/norg/index...rd-script-case
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Old 05-22-2014, 01:37 PM   #4
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The one I just took apart has the Optima battery sitting in a solid mass of poured plastic...from a well known supplier of these "logoed" batteries. Wasted over $300+. How can you return the battery if still under warrenty?
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:17 PM   #5
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Default Re: Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

I have never owned an optima battery.

That being said I have read many recent reviews that are not positive on new optima batteries, it may be better to just replace with a script battery and use a battery maintainer to extend its life.
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Old 05-22-2014, 08:22 PM   #6
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Default Re: Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

I believe member Ford38v8 (Alan) did an extensive write up on putting the Optima battery in 6V case recently.
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That I did, Alex.

https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=135661
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:00 PM   #8
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Default Re: Ford Script Optima Battery Replacement???

Thanks for the input. I've decided to remove the bottom of the case using a modified approach shown in the PDF file from the Northern Ohio regional group. If Antique Battery who was the vendor that built it has filled the case with plastic, it may prove to be an exercise in futility. Regarding the actual Optima battery my experience was positive. It lasted 9 years which IMO compares favorably with a conventional battery.
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Old 05-23-2014, 11:59 AM   #9
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The "manufacturer" also poured new lead battery posts over the original posts. Brought their height up to better fasten the battery cables.They need to be sawed off flush with the top in order to remove the top completely.
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