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Rockdog Silver Member Jeff Jones
Woodstock, GA, USA   USA
Greetings everyone,
My MGA restoration project is moving along and I'm about to weld in new battery brackets on the frame so I need to decide on where to weld them to accommodate the battery I get. My plan is to go with a single 12 volt battery on the passenger (right) side and possibly build a holder for a small tool/storage box where the 6 volt battery went on the driver side. I'm also planning to convert to an alternator. I would like to eventually put in a powerful sound system and other electronic gadgets so I want to be sure the battery and alternator can handle it all. I'm thinking I should go with a group size 26, 12 volt battery. Please let me know your thoughts before I start welding.

Jeff

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mgaex189 Gold Member Giovanni Delicio
Obrigheim, Rheinpfalz, Germany   DEU
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C2"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "4-seater"
1955 MG MGA 1500 "C1"
1960 MG MGA 1600 Coupe    & more
Good choice

Gio

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blackspyder Ron Jansen
DOUGLASVILLE, GA, USA   USA
I used a Interstate MT-26R

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ogee Robb Ogletree
Grand Bay, AL, USA   USA
Yep, I'm running a 26, also.

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barneymg Barney Gaylord
(Somewhere in USA), Pick one (or more), USA   USA
1958 MG MGA "MGA With An Attitude"
Correct on the size. If you don't mind the cost, I really like my Odyssey gel cell (Absorbed Glass Mat) sealed battery. Zero maintenance, and no more corrosion on the battery terminals or cable connectors. It also has very good storage capacity.



Barney Gaylord - 1958 MGA with an attitude - http://MGAguru.com - barneymg@mgaguru.com
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stagepony Silver Member Jinno Louie
Dunedin, FL, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA "Roll-Roll"
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner "Corporal Lane"
2018 Toyota RAV4 "Tooth Fairy"
I would go with a 12 volt Optimum battery. These batteries have long sustaining power especially when vehicle is not used regularly.
There's a Red Top battery that will fit your battery tray.

If interested, I will pursue further info for you.

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Gary E Silver Member Gary Edwards
Kernersville, NC, USA   USA
Do a site search and you will find a wealth of info, been discussed many times.



Gary

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whid1 dave mcgregor
palm harbor, FL, USA   USA
walmart R26 < $50 700+ cca nice tight fit

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stagepony Silver Member Jinno Louie
Dunedin, FL, USA   USA
1960 MG MGA "Roll-Roll"
2002 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner "Corporal Lane"
2018 Toyota RAV4 "Tooth Fairy"
Optimum Red Top!

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GILMGA Silver Member Gil Dupre
CHATTANOOGA, TN, USA   USA
1962 MG MGA
1974 MG MGB GT
UIR Miata battery in mine.



Gil

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