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64 Battery replacement

#1 Post by Bill Federighi » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:21 am

I'm looking to replace my 6 volt wet cell with Optima style battery. Not sure if Optima makes replacement. If anyone has replaced, would appreciate Optima number or any other manufacture that would fit and have same amperage.

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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#2 Post by Wyatt Blankingship » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:35 am

Optima makes a 6 volt battery. I have one in my 356C. P/N 8010-044(Red Top 6v) , 800 CCA. This battery is not as wide as the standard ones. I cut some pieces of wood and fitted them into the battery compartment to help hold it in place.
It is an outstanding battery. Bought mine 6 yrs. ago from Big Time Battery tel. 815-467-7679. $129 with free shipping.
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#3 Post by David Jones » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:40 am

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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#4 Post by Doug McDonnell » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:07 am

Here is an article about cloaking box for Optima: https://porsche356registry.org/article/175 found in resources section. NAPA sells a nice 6V battery. Stock size is 19L for conventional lead acid battery. Interstate also sells a 6 volt 19L battery. I am sure there are others.
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#5 Post by Dave Wildrick » Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:56 am

Woody's Custom Shop on Ebay has a box that the Optima fits into, making it look like a lead/acid 6V battery. A little pricey though.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/3617175944 ... noapp=true
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#6 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:28 pm

+1 on the cloaking device and Optima.
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#7 Post by gary koehler » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:19 pm

I wasn’t concerned about cloaking, just wanted more space for the tools, spares and 944 jack that I carry in my T6. The 6V Optima mounts about 1/2” away from the bulkhead leaving a lot of extra room.
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#8 Post by William Vumback » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:28 pm

Gary Koehler...I like the way you mounted the Optima battery. Was this made custom or can the base and brackets be purchased?

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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#9 Post by Dan Macdonald » Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:44 pm

Here's what the Optima with a Cloaking Device looks like in my C coupe.
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#10 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:20 pm

I still have a 6V Optima battery and the cloaking device. A couple things to consider: the original L-bracket won't work as it is too short and the plastic battery cover doesn't fit as the top of the device is larger.

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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#11 Post by Dan Macdonald » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:32 pm

Mike,
I did not have those issues with my installation. Everything went in without modification.
Maybe the cloaking device is different now(??)
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#12 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:14 pm

Thanks for the info, Dan. I did buy one of the first ones made. Who did you purchase yours from? Maybe I can get the specs.

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#13 Post by Dan Macdonald » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:17 pm

Mike, I too got mine years ago. Sorry I just don't remember where it came from. I thought they were all the same...what do I know!?
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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#14 Post by William Vumback » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:50 pm

I like the installation with the cloaking device. I will start the research on the best one on the market today. Thanks guys.

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Re: 64 Battery replacement

#15 Post by Doug McDonnell » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:57 pm

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-Style ... Swqu9UzxkP On eBay and sold through Woody's in Our Vendor section
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