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"Vintage" battery for 1967 330 GTC?

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by eric, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. eric

    eric Formula Junior
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    A couple quesitons for you all:

    1) What was the battery type that would have come with a 1967 330 GTC? I'm looking for the manufacturer most specifically. Was the battery something sourced by Ferrari or by dealers? Is there one make, or were there several?

    2) Is there someone out there who makes and sells reproduction batteries to fit this car? I've found a couple sites on the web for companies who sell "vintage" batteries, but they don't much talk about Ferraris: just GM, Ford, and Chrysler (www.antiqueautobattery.com and www.turbostart.com).

    I realize an Optima battery will work fine, actually better than an old fashioned battery would, but I'd like to have one that looked right for show, and will use the Optima for driving. I've seen cars at Pebble Beach that had what looked like period-correct batteries under the hood, with a modern battery sitting on the ground behind. Clearly they had changed out batteries for the show.

    Any pointers appreciated.

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  3. Tspringer

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    It would be great if someone made a battery case that looked exactly like one of the old, large batteries that came originally in these cars. Then inside that "battery" you could place the Optima. Best of both worlds!

    With I could point you in the right direction. I use an Optima in the Daytona, to heck with the anal concours types.


    Terry
     
  4. Miltonian

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    It IS possible to put the guts of a new battery into the case of an old battery, but it isn't easy. I've seen the results of a job like this. And someone (Parker Hall??) sells the stickers to replicate old batteries from Varta or Baroclem.
     
  5. Smiles

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    GTCs had either FIAMM or SAFA batteries. Reproductions of these are no longer available.

    I would suggest getting a "period-correct" American reproduction, like the faux-tar-top ones from Antique Auto Battery. That is, if they have ones that don't say "Mopar" or "Ford" or whatever on the side. A tar top is what you would have used (at least in the US) in 1967 to replace the original battery. It looks a lot better, to me at least, than an Optima or a Sears Diehard.
     
  6. eric

    eric Formula Junior
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    Thanks!

    I’ve pored over my photos of GTCs, 275s, and other fcars of that era, and have sadly no clear photos of the batteries. They’re usually hidden behind a windshield washer bag.

    This is a great help!. I suspect I’ll do as you suggest and get a battery that has the least amount of branding on it.
     
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  8. dm_n_stuff

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  9. dm_n_stuff

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    Got it. They have 50's and 60's charts with specifications for many cars. Build 25,000 batteries a year according to the article.

    Lincoln Batteries
    Essex England
    www.lincoln.co.uk
    email batteries@lincoln.co.uk

    Good Hunting
     
  10. eric

    eric Formula Junior
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    Excellent! This sounds very interesting. I checked the web site link, and only got a cute little place holder page. I'll drop them an email and see if I can get some info.

    Thank you!

    eric
     
  11. CHRISA

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    TRY THESE GUYS GURDJIAN BATTERY 814-438-2048 THEY MADE ME A TAR TOP BATTERY AND IT WORKS FINE AND THEN CALL KILIMANJARO DESIGNS 601-638-7856 TO GET THE DECALS
     
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