Group 27 Mopar Restoration Battery - Buy New or Gut Old?

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  1. robl72

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    Looking to buy a new restoration battery or convert my Dead one using a regular battery. Does anyone know the best place to buy a good one.

    If not does anyone know how to gut the old one and put a new battery in it.

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    Gut the old one. I have done two like this one now. I am on my third year on this one in my red Charger now.

    Odyssey inside of stock battery.jpg mopar red cap battery.jpg
     
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      If you buy a new one and want to just sell the old case, I'm interested.
       
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      Was it difficult to gut? How did you do it?
       
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      First I took all of the caps off & drained it upside down for probably a couple of weeks in one of my drain pans before I had a chance to get to it. Then I used a cut of wheel & cut the bottom open & with an air saw, side cutters & pliers slowly worked out all of the plastic molded dividers, lead plates, absorbent mat, etc from inside little pieces at a time. This takes time and patients not to break the outer case while breaking the inner guts apart as it is all injected molded together from the factory. I probably had 1-1/2 to 2 hours into the whole process & in the car.
       
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        Thanks I am going to give it a try. My battery does not have the removable caps. So I assume a can drill a couple holes in the bottom for draining and then get to work. What gauge cable did you use to attach the Odyssey Battery?
         
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        Oh yeah, the newer ones are sealed now & do not have the removable caps. I now have one of these newer sealed batteries that are now junk also. I just used two 12" long standard size battery battery cable to connect the two.
         
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        Are you guys doing this for weight reduction? or cost savings? This sounds like a good idea for weight reduction in a pure stock car I'm working on
         
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        I did it because I got tired of paying the big bucks for the look of a stock battery only to have to buy another one every two years or so. Yes, there is also a huge weight savings and a nice cost savings benefit also.
         
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        I also barely got three years use out of mine and that's with even keeping it on a battery tender when not in use.
         
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        I have never used a battery tender in my life. i never trusted them to be charging & plugged in all of the time. Heard too many horror stories of them burning down house or garages. I even disconnect my car batteries (in the garage) if not driving them every day.
         
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        I have a friend who has about 10 Mopars and claims he does ok by just disconnecting all batteries. Either way haven't had great luck with these repro batteries. Actually if you're not really concerned with "show points, etc" and just want the look, then get a great black battery and buy the topper for it.
         
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