Re: '78 MGB Battery

Roger Searle

Thanks Ira.

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From: Ira Spector spectors4@... [Philly_MG_Club]
To: Philly_MG_Club
Sent: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 3:01 pm
Subject: Re: [Philly_MG_Club] '78 MGB Battery

I would recommend getting an AGM battery, the biggest that will fit the tray. I got mine at Advance Auto Parts for about $180. They last longer and won’t strand you, even if your alternator dies (it happened). I also use a shutoff switch.  Resetting your radio presets is easier than recharging your battery.  I second all the comments about battery tenders.

1977 MGB
On Feb 27, 2018, at 1:58 PM, searlerb@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...> wrote:

Thanks all.

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From: James Wines jpwinesplumbing@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...>
To: Philly_MG_Club <Philly_MG_Club@...>
Sent: Tue, Feb 27, 2018 11:08 am
Subject: Re: [Philly_MG_Club] '78 MGB Battery

I found one by black and decker, that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Very convenient and works great. Forgot what I paid for it, I think it was around sixty bucks, and I’ve had it for about five years. 

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On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:33 AM, 'B. Hall' behall5@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...> wrote:

I used a Battery Tender on my '80 MGB throughout winter storage . It kept it charged up and will not overcharge the battery. Best thing you can do for your battery.


From: Philly_MG_Club@... <Philly_MG_Club@...> on behalf of Steve Harding mgbgt1@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...>
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:22 AM
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Subject: Re: [Philly_MG_Club] '78 MGB Battery
Agree with Dave, Battery Tender. 
Steve H. 

On Feb 27, 2018, at 10:18 AM, Dave Carpenter slowstdy@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...> wrote:

Get a Battery Tender, I have one on all my cars. Charges and draws current, will draw current what temp drops to keep battery from freezing.. You can get some that will do the job for as little as $20. Max is about $60. I build them into the car so I just have to plug them into an extension cord.

On Feb 27, 2018, at 10:14 AM, James Schulte schultejim@... [Philly_MG_Club] <Philly_MG_Club@...> wrote:

Same thing happened to my GT with a 4 yr old battery. Forgot to put it on trickle charger. Battery next Fall for sure. Warm weather cranking should keep it strong enough with driving it while you look for a deal.

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From: "searlerb@... [Philly_MG_Club]" <Philly_MG_Club@...>
Date: 2/27/18 9:22 AM (GMT-05:00)
Subject: [Philly_MG_Club] '78 MGB Battery


Does anyone have a recommendation for a new battery for my 1978 B?

My old battery is about 4 years old. I had to recharge it this winter after letting it sit for a couple weeks.  Previously it would hold it charge for several winter weeks and start the car without a problem.

I don't have a battery disconnect switch and the with clock and radio memory draws something like 30 milliamps just sitting.



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