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eric lipper

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Real or Antique Auto Battery?
« on: January 15, 2021, 10:08:53 PM »
The Boss 9 that I purchased had an "Autolite Battery" in the Trunk.  It was in an Antique Auto Battery box.  It is a lead acid battery with no electrolyte.  It appears to never have been used but is definitely old.  It is a Group 29 Battery which is correct and also has the correct Boss 9 caps with a vent tube.  I am contemplating cutting it open removing the plates and putting a smaller AGM battery inside but before I do that I wanted make sure that it is not real or that I would not be considered an idiot for hacking it up.  From looking at the internet it looks like this battery and case is no longer made.  A picture is attached.  Let me know if this one is good for the saw or if I should keep it for someone's thoroughbred.
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Bob Gaines

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Re: Real or Antique Auto Battery?
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2021, 10:32:16 PM »
The Boss 9 that I purchased had an "Autolite Battery" in the Trunk.  It was in an Antique Auto Battery box.  It is a lead acid battery with no electrolyte.  It appears to never have been used but is definitely old.  It is a Group 29 Battery which is correct and also has the correct Boss 9 caps with a vent tube.  I am contemplating cutting it open removing the plates and putting a smaller AGM battery inside but before I do that I wanted make sure that it is not real or that I would not be considered an idiot for hacking it up.  From looking at the internet it looks like this battery and case is no longer made.  A picture is attached.  Let me know if this one is good for the saw or if I should keep it for someone's thoroughbred.
Look on the bottom of the case and see if there is a makers mark,liability verbage like 'not autolite battery"etc. or a date code.The sticker on a genuine battery will also have a date code in the left corner. i can't see the area from the picture angle. the earlier repros didn't have a date code so if it doesn't then most likely it is not genuine.  I know esc makes replacement stickers with date codes .I am not sure if all the later repros came with a date code or not . If it does have a date code it may or may no be genuine.
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eric lipper

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Re: Real or Antique Auto Battery?
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2021, 11:15:56 PM »
Thanks Bob, you are the expert.  I turned the battery on its side and it says "Antique Auto Battery" on the bottom so obviously I know it is not the real deal.  Now that I know it is just a repro it may get the saw.
1967 GT500 #2714
2005 Ford GT #157
1999 Ferrari 355 Spyder
1969 Shelby GT500 Conv
1969 XKE Coupe
1965 XKE Convertible
1966 Shelby #889
1963 Corvette Split Window FI
1978 Mustang King Cobra
1984 Aerostar 700P N702RJ
1999 Lear 31A N338CW
1944 Beech Staggerwing N666TX
1955 Beech Bonanza F35 N435W