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Battery for 356C

#1 Post by Charles K Clark » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:47 pm

Where can I buy a new 6 volt battery for my 1965 Porsche 356C

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Re: Battery for 356C

#2 Post by Mike Wilson » Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:08 pm

What type are you looking for, a wet cell or Optima? Several auto parts store either have them in stock or can order them. Optima batteries can be ordered from one of our vendors, Chatham Motorsports, or an auto parts store like O'Reilly's.

If you search this topic on this site, you will find several threads and info.

If you post your location, there are probably members near you that can help you with your search.

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Re: Battery for 356C

#3 Post by George Hussey » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:28 am

batteries plus should have one under the reference number 19L
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Re: Battery for 356C

#4 Post by David Jones » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:49 pm

Farm supply store. 6 volt 84 amp hour depending on locality between $50 and $100.
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Re: Battery for 356C

#5 Post by Richard Shilling » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:01 pm

FYI a VW 6 volt battery will work but it has fewer amp hours and is a little smaller than a "real" 356 battery. I got a deal on one and in Seattle the weather is warm enough that the VW battery is good enough. If I were in a colder climate I'd hold out for the correct battery.
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#6 Post by Jon Schmid » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:56 pm

My local Firestone dealer (Buena Park, CA) carries the Interstate 19L battery. I found out the hard way that it was 2/3 the price of what I had been paying at the local Interstate distribution center. I know a lot of owners swear by Optimas; I guess I got a bad one because all I did was swear at it.

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#7 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:31 pm

I have had 3 Optima batteries since about 2000. I recently replaced the last one which was dated December 2009. I was just starting to crap put but still has plenty of juice as a test battery.

I keep my battery on a charger that I got from Klasse 356.

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#8 Post by Jon Schmid » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:36 pm

Mike Wilson wrote:I have had 3 Optima batteries since about 2000. I recently replaced the last one which was dated December 2009. I was just starting to crap put but still has plenty of juice as a test battery.

I keep my battery on a charger that I got from Klasse 356.

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I've read many comments about "bad" batches of Optimas. Maybe I was unfortunate enough to have one of those. :(

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Re: Battery for 356C

#9 Post by Mike Wilson » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:18 pm

Sounds like you got a bad one, Jon.

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