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01-26-2005, 12:53 PM
Greetings all!
This is my first post, so please be gentle. I am a spitfire owner from the Wash dc area who is at that critical 99% stage of a restoration (you know, the point which you NEVER get past, no matter how hard you try!) I'm wondering if anyone has any info on what the original battery looked like on a 1975 Fed Spitfire. I've seen these red and white batteries for sale on ebay (allegedly NOS in storage for years) and also some "tar top" ones at an antique battery site, although those actually seem a little TOO vintage for a 70's Spit.

Anyone have any ideas?

Wash dc

Geo Hahn
01-26-2005, 07:15 PM
As a friend said about his resto: "I'm half finished... 90% done, 90% to go".

For my TRs I use a home-made battery topper with a couple of labels to give a look of a traditional battery though not the old-style with the lead cell connections exposed. My recollections of the 70s (insert psychodelic music fading in & out here...) was that batteries still had the screw caps on the cells but the exposed lead bits were gone.

This thread has a pic of what a WalMart battery looks like with said treatment:

https://www.britishcarforum.com/ubbthread...=true#Post97725 (https://www.britishcarforum.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&Board=UBB5&Number=97725&Searchp age=1&Main=97604&Words=+Geo+Hahn&topic=&Search=tru e#Post97725)

01-26-2005, 08:13 PM
Most batteries in the early 70's were rubber case, rubber top, screw caps, no exposed lead. IIRC, the first few poly cases were showing up around then (notably, the first few Sear DieHards), but your spit would have come with a Lucas battery, all black. I have seen someone selling them in the last few years - Vicky Brit maybe?