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MidLifCrisis
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posted 11-18-2001 12:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The battery in my '67 always looks wet around the fill caps. I think it is boiling off water and leaking it out. If you saw the battery tray I just replaced you would agree. Also, it looks like the fan is drawing the acid through it and spraying it thoughout the engine compartment. I have surface rust on the inner fenders and pulleys, and discolored paint on valve covers and air cleaner. Is the voltage regulator in need of replacing? I am guessing that it is over-charging the battery, and boiling off water. I am open to any advice. thanks, Charlie

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bluestreek
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posted 11-18-2001 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If your battery is boiling over, then I would suspect the voltage regulator.. I installed a newer style solid state regulator on my '66.. But a good auto electrical shop can recalibrate yours if you want to stay original..

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posted 11-19-2001 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd suspect overcharging, too.

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 11-19-2001 10:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the advice. I'll get a votage reg on the way home from work tomorrow. Charlie

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-19-2001 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Little less than a year ago, I put an Exide 50 mo. battery in my 65. I got a flat top so that I could use the fake Autolite sta-ful top. Anyway, it took a s**t yesterday. Put it on the charger. This AM a buddy, a tech, came by and tested it. Diagnosis Battery is NFG! He thinks that it is overcharging a bit. Tomorrow, the new one will be in so I'll get it and check it out. I have one of those later style regulators on it with an early lid. Looks like a new regulator???

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bluestreek
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posted 11-21-2001 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bluestreek   Click Here to Email bluestreek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A battery going bad is not unusual.. Believe it or not, a battery lasts longer under constant use, compared to itermittent use.. The lead plates tend to corrode and plate over with oxidation when not used regularly..

New batteries can also leak around the posts, if not seal correctly from the factory.. Return it if you notice excessive leaking around the post..

A good battery sales tech should check your charging system for you after putting in a new battery..

Battery Maintenance tips:
1. Always keep your charging wires and cable connections clean and tight.. A poor connection can give a weak or bad signal to the regulator and alternator..
2. Install some felt post sealers below your clamps if they don't already have them.
3. If you crank your car or use up power for some reason..., Always be sure to drive it around or run it at fast idle for at least 10 minutes to allow the battery to stay fully charged.. "A properly charged battery is a happy battery".

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Bluegras
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posted 11-22-2001 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bluegras   Click Here to Email Bluegras     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
With engine running somewhat above idle, a voltmeter check showing much over 15-1/2 volts up is cooking the battery. This can be indication of at least two things. The regulator and/or a shorted cell in the battery. This condition can also burn the alternator.
To check for a shorted cell, if there are caps on each cell, take the test prods of the volt meter switched to a 0 to 5 volt setting or close and dip the (tips) into the electrolyte ONLY donnot touch the plates with the tips.Look for a readng of about 2.14 volts.(2.14x6cells=12.84) Any cell that has a very low or no reading is the bad cell. It's shorted and causing the regulator to react to a battery that cannot be charged to correct level.
Good luck,Bluegras

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MidLifCrisis
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posted 12-01-2001 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MidLifCrisis   Click Here to Email MidLifCrisis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, a new regulator solved my problem. Thanks for everyones support.

Drive it like you stole it.... Charlie

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