1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe 6V Battery

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Packard53
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1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe 6V Battery

Post by Packard53 » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:55 pm

My 6V batteries keep going dead because at times I only start the car once a month and don't get to drive it very far. What is the best 6V battery to buy? Is there anywhere to buy a lithium battery?

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Re: 1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe 6V Battery

Post by Dave Czirr » Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:26 pm

A good 6-volt lead/acid battery should hold plenty of charge to start a car even after several months of inactivity and last for 6-8 years, so you need to check some things.

1. Is there some drain (like a trunk light that stays on, or the electric clock) that's draining the battery? Easy to check; with everything turned off, remove one of the battery cables at the battery and carefully bring it back into contact - if you see any arc or spark you have a discharge.

2. Is the charging system (generator/regulator) working properly? If you don't know, we can discuss how to do some simple tests.

During long periods of inactivity (a month or more) most of us use a trickle charger or battery tender to keep the battery topped off. If the car is driven regularly and the charging system is working properly, this is unnecessary.

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Re: 1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe 6V Battery

Post by kens53clip » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:54 pm

If your wiring is old, it is possible there might be a bit of a short somewhere and it drains the battery over time. The best thing, of course, would be to replace all the wiring. Or you could run down all the wiring for shorts. Or, you can do as I do and disconnect one of the battery cables from the battery between uses. But if you take the disconnect route , you do need to remember to reconnect the battery cable before you try to start the car.
Ken

P.S. Obviously, with a short, there could be a danger of an electrical fire, so one definitely should be careful. One is well advised to keep a fire extinguisher available at all times. Replacing the wiring is clearly the best long term solution.
Ken
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Re: 1953 Packard Clipper Deluxe 6V Battery

Post by packard1949 » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:45 pm

Disconnect the battery between uses. If nothing else-take one terminal off the battery post after use.

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