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Got a red top and installed it today. I was impressed!! Big difference from my old regular battery in starting power!
 

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I've been thinking about picking one up myself. The battery I have now is more suited for a riding lawn mower its so small.
 

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Glad you mentioned. I have been wondering. Seems to me you need a good battery to crank an engine with higher compression.
 

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Yah it is! PLUSSSS No more acid corrosion and leaky juice rusting your battery tray. Also no issues with dead shorting your battery. They can go down pretty far and charge right up.
If you have the funds, ebay has alot of optima billet aluminum trays.
I was going to get a "Ford" script one . They dont have a pinto one yet! LOL
 

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On 2006-03-12 17:12, 71hotrodpinto wrote:

If you have the funds, ebay has alot of optima billet aluminum trays.
They dont have a pinto one yet! LOL
There's still hope.
 

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LOL, i think ill have to be the first one to machine one . Anyone have the PINTO script in a .dxf file?????
Hmmm ( hears pin drop )
 

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On 2006-03-12 17:12, 71hotrodpinto wrote:
If you have the funds, ebay has alot of optima billet aluminum trays.
I got one of those as well, looks nice! I'll post a pic of it.
 

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Optimas rock. I just put one in my stang a couple weeks ago...no more dead battery from storing it over the winters!
 

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Here is PSivory's optima! Rockin!
 

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I just got a blue top from Summit today. Considering the shipping from other places they have the best deal out there. Mines going in an aluminum battery box in the trunk of the 69 Torino I'm working on.
 

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HEEEEYY!!
NICCCEEE.
But what kind and where did you get those battery clamps??
Are those the gold plated audio style?? or are they a brass style??
Cant tell. from the pic.
Ive been thinking of this one , but id want it polished. Still $140!!!!
 

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I got the tray from Ebay, the Batt terminals are 24K Gold Plated Marine style, got them at West Marine here in RI.
I like the pic of the one you have, what company makes that one? Would be really cool with just the Ford on it for my application!
Scott
 

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Both hot rods have Optima reds. Good parts and no start problems. On a race day we probably start the cars 40-50 times.
 

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I was just looking at the little date sticker on my Optima red top in the Club Wagon. You may not believe this but I've been runnin it for quite a while now apparently. It says Sept. 1996! Thats right, almost ten years and still going strong! I've got a decent sized system in there too. 600 real, actual watts of Phoenix Gold w/ 2 12's, so it gets it's use! Best $125 I ever spent on anything 12V! I would never even consider buying anything else. The total lack of corrosion is also a HUGE BONUS!!!
 

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On 2006-03-14 12:15, tjcrawfo wrote:
I would not run the blue top in a car. It is a marine battery.
If it would make you uncomfortable to run a blue top in your car, don't do it.

I picked a blue top because they were the same price and same exact specs as the top post only red top. I maybe would have bought the red top but i also wanted the top studs with the top posts featured on the blue top. My opinion is a lot of marine stuff is heavier duty because they should be designed with a lot of pounding from wave to wave in mind. I also have a marine tach in the car mainly because I liked the plain white face.

ULT-9006-006
Optima Blue Top Starting 12 Volt Batteries
Battery, Blue Top, 12 V, Starting, 800 Cold Cranking Amps, Top Post, BCI Group 34, Each

ULT-9003-151
Optima Red Top Starting 12 Volt Batteries
Battery, Red Top, 12 V, Starting, 800 Cold Cranking Amps, Top Post, BCI Group 34R, Each

Both $123.99 from Summit. Since I also had to order some other stuff and shipping cost only their standard flat rate packaging charge for the whole three package order it was the best deal on the Optima I found.
 

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I guess it might be ok as long as its the dual purpose battery. I did run a blue top in my car and it lasted less than 1 year. Could have been a defective battery. I'm sure you'll probably be ok. I switched back to the best duralast gold 1000cca and haven't had a problem since.
 

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Marine batteries are generally designed for a deep-cycle
application. As such they are intended to be literally
brought down to zero, in terms of output, on a regular
basis. Trolling when fishing is the ultimate test of this
type of punishment. The blue-top optima is this type
of battery. It isn't really any more robust internally than
a red-top.... and they have a very stable construction-
much more so than any flooded lead acid battery.
If a blue-top isn't being drained significantly (like it's in a
car with a decent charging system), you probably will see
less longevity- doesn't surprise me at all.

ex-Delco
ex-Delphi
& ex-Douglas battery employee
....talk about jumping off sinking ships
 
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