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A. Bradley Aaron Bradley
Erwin, TN, USA   USA
1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 "The Jag"
1975 Triumph TR6 "The TR"
Ha! (L.o.l.) That's what most people ask or they think it's a motorcycle battery. It's a legit 11lb. 360 cca car battery made by Braille in Florida.
They make a bunch of really interesting and ultra lightweight batteries mostly for race cars, sports cars, and some other applications.
In reply to # 1477458 by barry s Aaron - Is that a lawn mower battery?

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glcaines Silver Member Gary Caines
Hiawassee, Georgia, USA   USA
I would recommend that you check the output of the alternator before assuming that the battery has died.

I use an Interstate MT-7 AGM battery (MT7-34), 800 CCA, CA 1000 in my TR6. I've had very good luck with Interstate batteries. I have two U.S. Army deuces, M35A2 and M35A3 that use two 6TL batteries for 24 volts. I just replaced the Interstate 6TLs in one truck that had date codes over ten years ago. The Interstate 6TLs in the other truck failed after 9 years. I always have battery minders hooked up to my vehicle batteries unless the vehicle is driven daily. Good quality battery minders will definitely extend the life of your batteries.

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mhbva Marc Botzin
Lorton, Virginia, USA   USA
1976 Triumph TR6 "Monty"
As we have seen in this thread, there are a number of different types of batteries including lithium batteries (like Aaron's, I assume) that are much smaller and lighter than traditional types. They are somewhat more expensive and require a special type of charger but hold a charge longer. I have one in my motorcycle where the weight savings is a factor. It came with a selection of foam blocks to hold it place in the battery box.

My preference for my TR, however, is a traditional looking battery that fills out the battery tray and hold-down hardware..

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Thunderinjp John Inch
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada   CAN
1973 Triumph TR6 "Little Red"
In reply to # 1477409 by A. Bradley If you're into weight reduction, this one works fine.

What the Sam Hill is that? Looks like something for my watch . . . LOL

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Thunderinjp John Inch
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada   CAN
1973 Triumph TR6 "Little Red"
In reply to # 1477300 by mhbva I have a group 34 Diehard with 880 CCA that was installed 9 years ago this month. It has always been on a Battery Tender. Still going strong.

Sounds interesting, Marc. I'll have to look into that . . . .

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, British Columbia, Canada   CAN
In reply to # 1477433 by Tote 100% agree! In 1969 battery technology was such that you needed a large battery to turn over the high load Lucas starter. But in 2017 and gear reduction starters, a battery of original size today is probably overkill, a simple lawn tractor battery could probably get the job done. I use a much smaller AC Delco side terminal unit from a Cavalier to run the TR6...it works a charm and I can use it in my other cars. Weight reduction is the best horsepower gain...I know, starting with the driver...me bad.

As the OTHER Tony M suggests,
I have used U1 lawnmower batteries for the last 10 years. Last year I bought my 2nd NEW battery (the first one I used came out of a junk lawnmower and only lasted 2 years!)

In the spring Walmart will have them on sale, last year I paid only $25can.

Never had a problem starting (with a GR starter) but then I seldom use the car when the weather is close to freezing.

During winter storage, the battery is hooked to a 2amp charger that is plugged into a 'Chrismas light' timer.
It charges for 1/2 hour a day.

Tote Tony M
Kingston, Ontario, Canada   CAN
The next two pics should have everyone recoiling in horror of what I did with my battery. I used a bulkhead connection, 1Ga welding cable and custom brackets from a hardware store. I don't carry a spare but two cans of puncture seal and a tool kit in there.

Why? Well back in the day (1990's), I was trying out new ideas and weight distribution was one of them. I figure I could lower and move back all that weight by relocating and spare the battery engine heat. The engine battery tray makes a great tool shelf when working on things and I have the fuel line off the engine routed over the battery tray area. Also, I can disconnect and lock the trunk in an attempt to foil thieves.

This car is for my pure enjoyment, not an investment nor a show car.

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Thunderinjp John Inch
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada   CAN
1973 Triumph TR6 "Little Red"
Holy cow; what have you done????

A. Bradley Aaron Bradley
Erwin, TN, USA   USA
1969 Jaguar E-Type 2+2 "The Jag"
1975 Triumph TR6 "The TR"
In reply to # 1477784 by Tote The next two pics should have everyone recoiling in horror of what I did with my battery. I used a bulkhead connection, 1Ga welding cable and custom brackets from a hardware store. I don't carry a spare but two cans of puncture seal and a tool kit in there.

Why? Well back in the day (1990's), I was trying out new ideas and weight distribution was one of them. I figure I could lower and move back all that weight by relocating and spare the battery engine heat. The engine battery tray makes a great tool shelf when working on things and I have the fuel line off the engine routed over the battery tray area. Also, I can disconnect and lock the trunk in an attempt to foil thieves.

This car is for my pure enjoyment, not an investment nor a show car.
Man, that's pretty cool and clever! (Why didn't I think of that?)

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dk pony David C
MT Carmel, TN, USA   USA
I had a 2013 Dodge RAM 1500 5.7 Hemi. I came out from shopping at Wal-Mart and got in and turned the key. The dash lights and warning lights came on as always but then everything went black. I popped the hood and saw that the battery cables were in the process of melting the insulation from the wires. I didn't have any tools so all I could do was watch as the melting wiring spread to every other wire that I could see.
I went in and told the manager at Wal-Mart and they called the fire dept.
By the time I got back outside the truck was engulfed in flames. It burned to a crisp right there in the Wally World parking lot. Of course it was totalled but I was told that the battery shorted internally and sent power backwards through the entire system. I really don't think it's possible to reverse polarity but something definitely shorted and the insurance company claimed it was the battery.

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