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I need to buy a new battery for my 1966 C-code coupe. What are the optimal parameters i should look for?

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Well, you can always use Fords recommendation (if stock). In my opinion, on my modified Mustang (11:1 compression) or ANY old car I always ues a 1000 CCA battery. If you need a few extra cranks because you flooded the carb or something, you have a little extra in reserve.
 

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I have a '68 289 2v which is same as your '66 C code. Weather here in Wisconsin
is simialar to Poland. I use a 24F size Autolite rated at 675 CCA. The original
24F for these cars was 500 CCA. Even an Optima which most consider the best
is 875 CCA. IMO 1000 CCA is overkill unless you have a big block engine!
Or an engine with starting problems that should be fixed!
 

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As I recall, it gets very cold in Poland in winter -- you might want to get the highest cold cranking amp (CCA) unit that will fit in a 24F case. The 24F style battery fits the stock battery tray and hold down. Hope this helps.
 

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Like I said, a lot like Wisconsin!!!
 

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Guess when it's -10, a foot of snow and your car is in the drift ?
 

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Just maybe it's the natural cycle!
 

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Thank you for your weather discussion :lol:
I do not drive my mustang during the winter at all! How does cca translate on an european parameters like ah (amper hours)? I need to find a local replacement.

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CCA doesn't readily translate into amp-hours. CCA is the maximum current flow, typically useful for cranking the starter at cold temperatures. CCA means Cold Cranking Amps. Amp-Hours relates to the total number of amperage hours that the battery has for capacity over the long term with no charging. CCA and AH are two different parameters for describing batteries.
 

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Could be the unshielded nuclear reactor in my back yard. Cheap power and free night light!
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My closest old car friend lives in Krakow (the capital of) Poland.
I'll ask him what would be the Euro spec for a good car battery for
that weather. He is a fellow Ford fan.
 

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slim said:
I have a '68 289 2v which is same as your '66 C code. Weather here in Wisconsin
is simialar to Poland. I use a 24F size Autolite rated at 675 CCA. The original
24F for these cars was 500 CCA. Even an Optima which most consider the best
is 875 CCA. IMO 1000 CCA is overkill unless you have a big block engine!
Or an engine with starting problems that should be fixed!
It is a big block! But my point is having extra cranking capacity for these old carburated cars that sometimes decide they don't want to start right up (don't pretend this has never happened to you).
 

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Sorry Lauerence, back in the early '60's I drove my '46 Ford parked overnite outside
below zero here in Wiconsin. On a realy cold nite I would carry the 6 volt battery inside.
12 volt systems, especially the alternator have made it a piece of cake!
I fear you southerners are a bit spoiled!
 

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Krakow used to be a Capitol of Poland but in 17th century capitol was moved to Warsaw (Warszawa)
 

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slim said:
Sorry Lauerence, back in the early '60's I drove my '46 Ford parked overnite outside
below zero here in Wiconsin. On a realy cold nite I would carry the 6 volt battery inside.
12 volt systems, especially the alternator have made it a piece of cake!
I fear you southerners are a bit spoiled!
LOL! Actually I'm from Chicago and my Father used to bring his battery inside if he knew there was going to be an extremely cold night. Later on he started putting a lamp under the hood and run an extension cord into the house to keep the battery warm, that worked too.
 

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I was going to college in Milwaukee. Car was parked a block from the flat
four of us shared. Would have been a long extension cord! :p
 
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