More on Batteries and Reflections on the Collector Car Hobby
How about a little attention to detail that can yield a big aesthetic result to your collector car? Whenever we put a new modern battery in an antique or classic car (see Benefits of Using the Good Auto Battery, May 31, 2017), we use a hair dryer or heat gun to soften all the modern stickers and warning labels, and then peel them off. The result is a nice discreet black battery that’s not drawing unnecessary attention to itself. Now you can go a step further and apply period reproduction decals and stickers if you wish. Many are available through vintage and antique parts suppliers. Or look for them on Ebay.
As an addendum to our May 31, 2017 post, we strongly encourage investing in a Battery Tender Jr.
You may ask how the Battery Tender Jr. is different from other battery chargers. Many automatic battery chargers simply turn off when the battery voltage rises to a preset level or when the charge current falls below a certain level. With the battery sitting idle, its internal losses will consume much of its stored charge. Depending upon the age and condition of the battery, it may only take a couple of months before the battery loses more than 90% of its charge.
The amount of charge lost tracks pretty well with the reduction in battery terminal voltage. Some automatic chargers will restart when they sense that the battery voltage is too low. As a battery goes through these types of cycles of repeated charging and idle self-discharge to low capacity levels, the useful battery life may be dramatically reduced.
The Battery Tender Jr. does not turn off after it charges the battery. It automatically switches to a safe float voltage level that keeps the battery charged and yet does not do any harm to the battery. In fact, in most cases, this type of charge maintenance will extend the battery’s useful life by at least 50%.
We’ve found that battery life increases of more than double what we previously experienced before using the Battery Tender Jr.
Recently, a few of us gear-heads were sitting around talking about what keeps us up at night when it comes to the collector car hobby. After all the usual “could’ave, should’ave, would’ave” decisions concerning cars and opportunities that have come and gone throughout the years, and wondering where the future of our obsession lies, there was one mutual thought which resonated. “When I die, I sure hope my family doesn’t sell everything for the prices I told them I paid!”
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A few years ago, Ron Gibson of Auto Appraisal Network (AAN) in Dallas, helped a car owner as she prepared for her divorce. She had six cars that needed to be fully appraised to determine their current values and chose our company for advice and support.
How about a little attention to detail that can yield a big aesthetic result to your collector car? Whenever we put a new modern battery in an antique or classic car (see Benefits of Using the Good Auto Battery, May 31, 2017), we use a hair dryer or heat gun to soften all the modern stickers and warning labels, and then peel them off. The result is a nice discreet black battery that’s not drawing unnecessary attention to itself.