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Need a crazy sized battery...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by randy, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 677


    Well, crazy by today's standards.

    I want to run a battery in the stock location on my '56 Cadillac. I think that will be a refreshing change from its former spot in the trunk. The stock spot is against the firewall, down low, off the front of the passenger side body mount.

    I've thought about making a battery tray and relocating it up front, but I don't want to change the quirky old stuff unless it's totally necessary. They make an awesome looking repro...that costs $300 + shipped.


    I'll probably get one if I have to, but I'd rather save a few bucks.

    The dimensions of the old tymey beast are 19” L x 4 ¼" W x 9”. The only CRITICAL dimension is the width. I might be able to go with a 5" width MAX.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Somebody told me to check with tractor supply for odd shaped batteries. My 52 buick had a 6 volt just about the same size and shape as that one.
  3. oldolds
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
    Posts: 2,971


    Any good battery company should be able to get it for you. Tractor Supply by me usually has them. Some equiptment uses that battery as well as those GM cars.
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  5. Engine man
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 3,476

    Engine man
    from Wisconsin

    That's a size 3EE in 12 volt and 3EH in 6 volt. Check with your local Caterpillar equipment dealer for pricing. If you know someone who has heavy equipment, they might get a discount. Caterpillar sells good batteries but the price might be high. They have to stand vibration and cranking a diesel engine.
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,134


    or ebay? or your local interstate battery dealer? or your local golf cart dealer?

    ebay 370603762847
  7. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,438

    from Napa

    Yep, tractor or forklift battery- my little Clark Trukloader fork has a 6 volt version (In the hood porthole), and the IH 706 Diesel tractors we had when I was a kid had a pair of 6V's in series in saddle mounts. I think the one in "Lil' Forker" cost me about $100 at a fork repair shop- Tractor Supply should be able to get you one, and you could probably find/ order it on their website

  8. Dane
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 1,353

    from Soquel, CA

    That's a "big rig" sized battery (3EE) I've seen battery boxes that size, but they were $300+ I have to build a battery box that size as I'm replacing the two under hood batterys in my Cummins Ram with one 3EE battery under the bed. Let me know if you find anything under $200
  9. Orlando1701
    Joined: May 2, 2012
    Posts: 128


    Hey send me all your left overs, I want to move my battery to the trunk.
  10. need louvers ?
    Joined: Nov 20, 2008
    Posts: 12,911

    need louvers ?

    If this a 12v aplication, I have been using the small Honda group 51 batteries in hot rods for a few years now. They are 5"x9 1/2"x8" tall. they seem to be up to the task if you want to go smaller.
  11. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 677


    Thanks guys. I might go the Honda route though obviously (and happily) there is more than one option.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  12. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Last time I bought a 3EE, it was 1999, it was just under $100. These are the standard forklift batteries for decades. Mine went in my T roadster sitting across the back crossmember just behind the tailgate panel to the rear of the fuel tank.
  13. Check into these. They are Glass Mat, no acid. Will mount in any direction. They are 10 times the best wet battery out there and priced very well. Optima battery's don't hold a candle to them. If you make the move you'll never regret it. I hae a friend with one 10 years old and still going strong. I can't believe it. I now have 2 of them in service and love them.
    The Wizzard
  14. This is some good info, I was needing a battery for my '55 Caddy.....
  15. One of the NAPAs in my area keeps that size battery in stock, for only $110. 3EH series, 6 volt. I used it for my 54 Pontiac. Call them first and ask if they can get that size for you.

  16. randy -

    It might be worth a trip to the Gilroy tractor_supply_logo.jpg to checkout their $99.99 Type F-3EE Heavy Duty Farm battery:

    click thumbnail to view webpage
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  17. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 677


    Winner! Making a trip on Friday... Funny thing is, I was told these were "really hard to find". Glad I asked guys that actually know what they're talking about.

    Thanks again.
  18. randy -

    The Tractor Supply Co. F-3EE battery:

    Tractor Supply Co F-3EE battery.JPG
    click thumbnail to enlarge

    ... definitely isn't as "cool" as the reproduction Delco 3EE battery:

    Delco Repro 3EE battery.jpg Delco Repro 3EE battery cap.gif
    click thumbnails to enlarge

    ... but I'm thinkin' you could remove that ugly "TRAVELLER TRACTOR / HEAVY DUTY" sticker and have a decent looking (all black) battery ... and save yourself $170.00!
  19. randy
    Joined: Nov 15, 2003
    Posts: 677


    More than that! shipping on one of those neato repop batteries ain't cheap...

  20. Everything is hard to find until you know where to look.
    The grocery store is a fine example.

    The HAMB is an awesome resource.
    I went absolutely bonkers trying to find special bolts. Called every supply hose from coast to coast. From a HAMB post, a hamber who is a forklift mechanic recognizes the bolts. He gave me a part # and I call the local Forklift parts dealer. My Aunt who worked there for years answered the phone and got my bolts.
    Here's the thread if you want to see a glimpse of how cool the HAMB is.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2012
  21. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


    I've bought them at Napa

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