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12v Batteries

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:31 pm
by Colin Valentine
At the Rufforth Autojumble I bought a battery from BOM Batteries
I had a problem with the battery and took it back the next month, expecting the usual fly by night routine...........
It wasn't like that the Boss checked the battery, agreed there was a fault.
Unfortunately, he didn't have a replacement.
So we arranged for me to pick up a replacement a few days later from their base at Haxby near Doncaster when I was on route back from Lincoln.
Comes highly recommended and he has a few of the 015 type batteries in stock.

The battery is an old Fiesta design which is the same size as an Imp, but more readily available, and I think a heavier duty rating.
However, it does have round terminals instead of flat, but I converted to this type years ago.
The battery is Type 015, then CCA(SAE) 30 followed by AH 40.
Prices seem pretty good to me (£25)

The proprietor is Michael Metcalfe.
They are based at Brackenhill Road, East Lound, Haxey, nr Doncaster DN9 2LU
Tel 01427 753652
or email: mick@bombatteries.com

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:07 pm
by Spanish Singer
I had to replace the battery from my singer here in spain. Had no problem in finding an exact replacement (round terminals). Apparently it is the same battery as the small Suzuki jeep has.
Paul Imp009

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:40 pm
by 67cali
Spanish Singer wrote:I had to replace the battery from my singer here in spain. Had no problem in finding an exact replacement (round terminals). Apparently it is the same battery as the small Suzuki jeep has.
Paul Imp009

There are a surprising number of cars that use it.

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:45 pm
by Cally
Imp battery was an 037 or 038 depending on type of terminal. 015 was always listed in battery catalogue for the Imp as the Heavy duty version of the round terminal type. Think 037/038 type was also listed for Mini and Avenger and IIRC were on both Avenger's I owned in 90's

It's the 015 type I have on both my Stiletto and Caledonian and have had for several years

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:42 pm
by ImpManiac
Hmmm. I wonder if they supply gel batteries. :idea:

IM 8)

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:20 pm
by Colin Valentine
Paul,
I'm not sure if they do Gel Batteries, but the phone number is below, so give them a ring and check.
Would you like to tell us what the "magic number" is for the IMP equivalent Gel battery.
And an indication of the price.
Also can you explain if they are better, longer lasting etc ...............
Thanks,
Colin

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:01 pm
by ImpManiac
Colin, I'd love to tell you that gel batteries are getting better... are the be all and end all... but I've only ever owned two: the one that was in my Chamois when I got it back from Barry Palmer and the one that I managed to ruin after the first one stopped holding charge! It was my own fault. :( The first battery was tiny: something like a 7.5 Ah capacity! Nevertheless, it worked okay for a spell. It was from one of those 'start and charge' booster packs.

A great many people seem to get along just tickety boo with gel batteries, even in road cars, so I suspect that they work as well as any other type. Note that I have not done research on this, so other people may know different. :!:

Anyway, I may give your guys a ring when the time comes. Thanks! :mrgreen: When my car's back on the road, which is some way off, I shall keep the forum updated with how she drives, including any problems with the car, of course. :wink:

IM 8)

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:45 pm
by ChrisBenoy
I've been using a gel battery in my clan for some time now. Its a 25 a/h ODYSSEY EXTREME RACING 25 BATTERY (PC680) which started life in one of my dads sprint cars, then was used in both race cars for a while and has been in the clan for at least 3 years now. The battery itself must be close to 10 years old by now (Will have to look at the sticker and see) and still works perfectly despite at one point being shorted out by a badly designed battery clamp.

This is on a car used all year round and it never fails to turn the engine over effectively even in the middle of winter. Added advantage of the fact it only weighs about 6kg as well. All in i'd say its one of the best things i've ever done to the clan and I will have no hesitation getting one for my imp sport when that goes on the road. Obviously costs a lot more than a standard battery but it seems to be lasing very well and i'd probably have had to replace a normal battery several times in the same time this has lasted.

There are some on the market now for around the £50 mark so they might be worth a try, not sure if the quality will be as high however.

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:11 pm
by 617sqn
I've had one (PC680) fitted into the passenger side rear seat bin for a couple of years now, and can confirm Chris's post above as being true and accurate in my case too. It's safer, lighter, reliable and gives me more room in the engine bay too :D

Andy G. Image

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:04 pm
by garm
I wonder if I'll be able to source a replacement here in the USA. 037 and 038 aren't turning up much.

I did find this: http://www.antiqueautobattery.com/british.html

Can someone post the correct original dimensions?

Quite sure my Imp will need it after being stored forty years. :roll:

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:41 am
by IMPerative
I'm in Oz and unfortunately don't have a battery to measure but have found this on the net. Talk to your battery retailer.

https://www.puretyre.co.uk/car-battery- ... ion-chart/

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:03 pm
by 617sqn
/\ Good find. The difference between 037 and 038 will be the terminal orientation, probably.

Andy G

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 3:55 pm
by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane
617sqn wrote:/\ Good find. The difference between 037 and 038 will be the terminal orientation, probably.

Andy G

037 has flat terminals AKA original , 038 are round

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:14 pm
by 617sqn
Good to know, Dave. Mine is a racing gel battery housed in the passenger side rear bin.

Andy G

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:27 am
by mikeyhearne
you can now get Li-ion batterys that are about the size of a dynamo control box that will produce the same output as the original lead-acid battery ,
a bit pricy at the moment but that will come down .
Mikey

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:22 pm
by 617sqn
Blimey. Think of the potential for a battery of standard size then :o

Andy G

Re: 12v Batteries

PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:40 pm
by imp
mikeyhearne wrote:you can now get Li-ion batterys that are about the size of a dynamo control box that will produce the same output as the original lead-acid battery ,
a bit pricy at the moment but that will come down .
Mikey


I did not know about it