kencary

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  1. '50's Cruise-in Friday May 14, Cary NC All in the Raleigh, NC Area I just found out about an opportunity to show off your old Pontiacs. I was driving my '51 yesterday a car buff saw me and invited me to bring the old flathead to the event below. It sounds like fun and the event generates money for a good cause. Oldies Drive-In Friday, May 14 5:00p to 9:00p at White Plains United Methodist Church, Cary, NC Come relive the 1950's Drive-In as White Plains United Methodist Church recreates the food, music and atmosphere of the Doo Wop era. There will be 1960's old-fashioned cars, an Elvis, and great diner food delivered by rollerskating waitresses. Admission is $3 but retro cars get in free! Guests are also encouraged to order from the take out window and bring chairs toi enjoy the entertainment. White Plains United Methodist Church 313 SE Maynard Rd. Cary, NC 27518 (919) 467-9394
  2. What type of 6 to 12V inverters are you using? What wattage and how much did you pay for them. All of the new ones that I see on the internet are quite pricey. Ken
  3. There are plenty of cheap programs that let you take still pictures of DVD frames played on your PC. I have Cyberlink Power DVD which was a free program that came with my DVD burner. I simply click on the camera icon and It generates a still phone in a folder. Ken
  4. Does someone make an aftermarket coil with more voltage output for 6V systems? There seems to be a market for this. Too bad nobody makes a CD sustem for 6V. That would certainly help and also extend point life. The CD unit would be easy to hide to keep the stock look.
  5. The oldest car I remember on Christmas outings was my Dad's '59 Pontiac Catalina. My mom had the '51 Pontiac as the grocery getter, but we drove the new car to visit folks on Christmas. I remember my dad would put me on his lap and let me think I was driving. Later, as I got tired, I remember laying across the huge front bench seat with my head on my mom's lap and my feet on my dad's. I can still see the faint green glow of the Pontiac dash as I drited off to sleep. No seatbelts, not car seats, but somehow I survived and the memories do as well. Ken
  6. I have an Optima red top 6V on my '51 Pontiac Straight 8 along with a high torque starter. I also have VERY heavy guage wire running from the battery to the starter. With 6V you can't afford resistive losses. In fact the first thing I would do is to upgrade and replace both battery cables with ones as heavy as you can find. Ensure that the clamps are very tight on the battery terminals. In most cases, my Pontiac starts in less then 2 seconds even after sitting for a few days. This is a rebuilt motor with a milled head and she cranks just fine. In fact it starts faster than most of my modern cars. My headlights run rather dim at idle and I'd like to upgrade the generator to an aftermarket one at some point. I want to keep it stock looking so I don't want to go to a 6V alternator even though that is the best solution. Ken
  7. Dave, My question is very simple, and I don't think you looked at my orginal post. The question is whether anyone can tell me if they have real world experience with the Optmia in an old 6V generator system. I really don't need technical information as Optima provided that to me. If you wish to discuss battery chemistry and VRLA technology, feel free to PM me as I have spent 30 years in the battery/DC power industry, but this type of discussion would be boring to most people. Over these many years of working with all kinds of battery technology, I have come to learn that there is a certain amount of Black art in batteries. It is for that reason that I ask actual users about their experience with these Optima batteries in old cars. Nothing beats experience and this forum is the best way to find it. Ken
  8. You are partially right about the energy density of the spiral system. Yes they pack slightly more capacity per volume in each cell than a prismatic (flat plate battery) but because of the empty space between the wound cells, most Optimas have slightly LESS capacity in Ah than a flooded, flat plate battery that will fit in a given battery tray. What Optimas do have is a lower internal cell resistance which gives more cold cranking amps. They also have a lower self-discharge rate which makes than ideal for cars that sit in garages for al long time. An added advantage is that the tightly wound plates makes them less susceptable to shorts due to flakey plates. They also tend to survive deep discharge better. An Optima is a type of VRLA or Valve Regulated Lead Acid Battery. This means that within reasonable charge conditions, the cells will not vent. This is similar to what people generically call "gel cells" (actually a trade name for another type of VRLA battery. The above vent system is what raised my concern. I contacted Optima tech support and they verified that these batteries WILL in fact vent and dry up if the charge voltage is too high. That being said, I checked my charge voltage with a DVM and it is well below the max given by Optima. You would be wise to check your charging voltage with a meter before using an Optima. Here is the reply Optima sent me: Hello Ken An Optima RedTop battery can be discharged to 0% state of charge and recharged successfully about 80 times. Dimming lights would indicate discharge as you mentioned but it should be a fairly shallow discharge. This will shorten the life of the battery but not as significantly as if it were deeply discharged. To avoid this you may want to consider installing a 2nd battery. Wiring a 2nd 6V will double your reserve capacity which will give you more run time and will discharge each battery less than the one by itself. Also, assuming this isn't a "daily driver", I'd recommend keeping it on a float charger/battery maintainer when it's stored to ensure when you do drive you are starting with a fully charged battery. Voltage of a fully charged Optima 6V is 6.4V. Your charging system voltage should range between 6.85 and 7.35. I don't have any application notes specific to those older cars, however, I can say I know many people with them. Thank you, Amanda Optima Customer Service Despite this information, I wanted to hear from actual users and based on what DavicMC posted above, I feel confident that I am OK here. Ken
  9. '68 427 tripower Corvette coupe with a 4speed Muncie. Bought it in 1977 and still have it today. I paid $3,300 in '77---- roughly $ 1/pound. At most I have put 5,000 miles on the clock in the last 32 years. I was looking for a big block Pontiac or Riviera at the time and just stumbled onto it. I wish I bought 10 of 'em in '77 instead of investing in the stock market. Ken
  10. Dave, Did you know that this was me when you replied to this post? After your last e-mail I realize that I have been reading your posts for some time now. Ken
  11. I took my drivers test on a 1964 Buick Lesabre 4door. It had the small 2BBl V8, 2 speed auto, power steering but no power brakes. I took my test in Dallas Texas in the mid '70's I was a little worried about the parallel parking test because they made me part between 2 cones next to a cement wall. In all my practice I was able to hang the long trunk of the Buick over the curb as I backed in . Not here. I did pass and never parallel parked in Texas again. They don't require that as part of the test here in NC. Ken
  12. OK guys I don't know as much as you do about old cars, I am just now getting into '50's cars, prior to this I've been dealing in '60's muscle cars. I assume all this talk about poured babbit bearings does not apply to most '50's cars. True my '51 Pontiac is not geared as tall as a modern car, but as far as I know it has insert bearings and a full pressure oiling system. My mom and Dad had a '51 and drove it well into 1964 on the NJ turnpike and other roads at speeds around 60mph the car was sold in 1964 and it ran like a top with 60,000 miles on the clock. Let's put this panic into perspective for those on the forum. When you say old cars, let's qualify that a bit more. Ken
  13. I also use Haggerty and it was no hassle to get set up for my'51 Pontiac. One thing that I did was to go through my Alstate agent to sign on with Haggerty. It costs the same ammount of money and my agent does all the hard work. It is nice to deal with a local person. I don't think most people realize that their local agents can provide collector insurance. I will likely move my '68 Vette over to Haggerty with the same agent. Ken
  14. No need to dig into the hose routing. A guy on the POCI forum send me a pdf of the orgininal Trico install manual that shows this detail. If you want this just go to the POCI forum or PM me. Thanks anyway. The picture was very helpful. Ken
  15. Actually my '51 is a 3 on the tree manual. Keep in mind, that unlike the Chevy, the Pontiac had a full-pressure oiling system with rifle drilled connecting rods. The Pontiac motto was "built to last 100,000 miles" I personally don't like to drive this above 60 for a prolonged time.