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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.
1947 Beech Staggerwing
1955 Beech Bonanza
1963 Vette Split Window
1965 Jag Conv
1966 GT350
1967 GT500
1968 GT500KR Conv
1969 Boss 429
1969 GT500 Conv
1978 King Cobra
1984 Aerostar 700P
2001 King Air F90GT
2002 Enzo
2005 Ford GT
2005 NSX