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need 12v battery recomendations/'62 w/172 cid

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jim in ny

08-12-2019 13:47:48

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I have a backhoe/loader "all Ford" vintage 1962 with a 172 gasser for power; and am looking for a good battery to replace the exide "classic" that is in it presently. I am located in upstate NY where the winters can get you depressed when your rig won't start because the battery you have installed just won/t cut it !!! I assume that the cca's are to be considered firtly and with good reason(s) for the same... Any and all comments are as always apprciated.. thx... JIM

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08-12-2019 16:39:44

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 Re: need 12v battery recomendations/'62 w/172 cid in reply to jim in ny, 08-12-2019 13:47:48  
what ever you buy put a battery maintainer on it. my 960 will start in any weather but it kept out of the weather with a battery maintainer. that motor doesn't take much. 650 cranking amps is fine,

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08-12-2019 15:05:05

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 Re: need 12v battery recomendations/'62 w/172 cid in reply to jim in ny, 08-12-2019 13:47:48  
It takes very little battery to start a low compression 172 gas-engine Ford, even in minus 20F temps. Starter draws a max amperage of 200 amps. Subsequently, 200 amps of starter power is around 350 cold cranking amps of battery. A battery loses half its power at 20 below F, so a battery rated for 700 cold cranking amps is plenty.

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08-12-2019 14:08:04

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 Re: need 12v battery recomendations/'62 w/172 cid in reply to jim in ny, 08-12-2019 13:47:48  
add a block heater in the water jacket [ 1 1/16" soft plug ]

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08-12-2019 15:13:11

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 Re: need 12v battery recomendations/'62 w/172 cid in reply to 714_run, 08-12-2019 14:08:04  
Takes 2 1/16, at least my 172 diesel did.

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