AMPHICAR BATTERY

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cruiserdog44

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Can a anyone tell me what battery is recommended for the Amphicar?
Also what brand, cranking power etc., and what would some of you
more experienced restorer's recommend. Does Interstate carry this
battery? I would imagine alot would depend on the space available
in the battery tray area.

Let me know.

Cruiserdog
 
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Mike Israel

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cruiserdog44 <jlambertspc@aol.com> wrote:Can a anyone tell me what battery is
recommended for the Amphicar?
Hi CruiserDog,

For use in the Amphi I am a big fan of the Optima Spiral Cell batteries. These
offer several advantages over a traditional battery.

1) They will not leak under virtually any circumstance. No worries about
battery acid corroding anything.

2) They can sit for a very long time without degrading, perfect for those long
winter months.

3) Very resistant to vibration which is why they are popular in heavy
equipment.

4) Heck, they will keep running even under water or with a hole in them.

They do cost more but I think it is worth it in unique cases such as the Amphi.

In any event, do not scrimp on the battery. The ability to keep your bilge pump
running, or to start your engine while out on the water, could be a lifesaver
some day. Put the best battery you can in there and, I would also add, the
largest one that will fit. Some people even run a second battery just as a
backup. Do NOT just recycle some old battery that you have lying about from an
abandoned junker.

More info on the Optima's at:
http://www.optimabatteries.com/products/index.asp

They can be purchased at most large auto parts stores. I believe Pep Boys has
their own brand but I think these are just relabeled Optimas.






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John Friese

Guest
Hi,

If you still have the original battery box you will need an old style
battery to fit it. Sears has a "Vintage" series of batteries and I
believe the style that will fit is the NP22. Late Amphicars and ones
that have lost their original box, generally use a plastic, marine
battery box and most of those take a series 27 size battery. The
Amphicar itself has a simple electrical system and the engine doesn't
take too much power to turn over either so the car really
doesn't "require" a large battery but it's nice to have a lot of
extra capability in your car battery, especially if your car has
starting problems. On all my cars, I simply buy the highest current
battery that is available in the required size. Sears has quite good
batteries at the high end of their line and the thing I especially
like about Sears batteries is that they are always close by and
usually open when you have the inevitable problem with your cars
battery.

I use that Sears Vintage battery in one of my cars and a standard
battery in the other. I haven't had a problem with either of them in
the two years since I restored the cars, but then I wouldn't expect
to at this young age either.

I wish I was at Celina. I hope things fall into place better for me
next year.

Enjoy,

John Friese
67 White
67 Red




--- In amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com, "cruiserdog44"
<jlambertspc@a...> wrote:
> Can a anyone tell me what battery is recommended for the Amphicar?
> Also what brand, cranking power etc., and what would some of you
> more experienced restorer's recommend. Does Interstate carry this
> battery? I would imagine alot would depend on the space available
> in the battery tray area.
>
> Let me know.
>
> Cruiserdog
 
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