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Lead termites?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: February 11, 2022 12:45PM

Asked to start a separate thread -

I bought a heavy duty battery similar to the one in my picture at considerable cost some time ago, had never been filled with acid. In the interest of longevity and less weight, I've thought about hollowing out my battery, inserting a new gel battery with terminals soldered to the Delco battery. Has anyone ever tried this?

When Steve Spilatro finally found a group 53 for his restored Firebrier, he left the concourse battery dry, fabricated brackets under the factory battery box, and wired the two batteries in parallel to make the vehicle operational. Here is his explanation:

[corvaircenter.com]

Always looking to add more options to my car, but I don't want to add the weight of a second battery, so hollowing out the T-60 looks like the way to go.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Lead termites?
Posted by: Phil Dally ()
Date: February 11, 2022 01:16PM

Another question about vintage Delco batteries.

I have a Delco DC-12 559 tar top like the eBay ad.

From what I understand it was 65 only heavy duty.

In 1966 they went to the style like your E-5000.

Mine wont hold a charge now...can it be rebuilt.


[www.ebay.com]

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Re: Lead termites?
Posted by: Brizo ()
Date: February 11, 2022 03:25PM

Scott, Corvette Central sells a "tar-top" (but maintenance free ) replica battery for the '65 Corvette. Would that work for you? Its only $360.00

Dan Brizendine, Circle City Corvairs
'64 8 door Greenbrier, +.060, stroked 1/4", 188 ci, 140 PG. "In beautiful Wanamaker Indiana...with one stop light and 5 pizza shops"

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Re: Lead termites?
Posted by: ckstern ()
Date: February 14, 2022 02:19PM

[www.batterycentralmall.com]
You can check these out.

Charles Stern
Lancaster, Pa
1966 Corvair Corsa
3rd week Sept.1965

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Re: Lead termites?
Posted by: scottymac ()
Date: February 14, 2022 07:28PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone, but I already spent too much money buying an NOS battery. The photo I posted is a junk battery I grabbed off the interweb. I'm just investigating using my case as camouflage for a modern battery.

Scott
Danville, In.
'65 Corsa coupe basket case
'66 Monza coupe


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Re: Lead termites?
Posted by: corventure Dave ()
Date: February 14, 2022 11:17PM

Another option would be to hide the operational battery and just have fake terminals to the NOS. There are some modern batteries that are small in profile with enough CCA to run the car.

Corventure Dave

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