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Pat Garvey
Optima or not? if so, which one? My 914 is a garage queen, but when I want to go I want to go.

Problem is - how are these batteries accepted by the judging masses?

Those of you who are regular/perodic judges - what's your take? I'm so sealed in originality that I'm not sure how I feel, even if it doesmake sense.

Opine your hearts out!
Pat
dcheek
Pat,
I've always put an Interstate battery in mine. I peel off the labels and you can't tell what kind it is. Never heard any negative feedback from the judges.

My opinion on the Optima is that there is no mistaking it for what it is.........an Optima. Nothing particularly wrong with that except it just doesn't look period correct in a '14. I even think the Bosch batteries look a little overpowering with the big BOSCH painted on the side.

Dave
sixerdon
Pat,
Generally, Optima's are almost twice the price of conventional. Since your car is a "garage queen", you should check the shelf life of an Optima when not being used. Can you keep it on a constant trickle charge? I don't know. Ask a dealer rep.
I stick with the conventional's. Don't worry about the opinion of judges at shows. Do what's best for your investment.

Don
914runnow
QUOTE (Pat Garvey @ Sep 14 2006, 06:08 PM) *
Optima or not? if so, which one? My 914 is a garage queen, but when I want to go I want to go.

Problem is - how are these batteries accepted by the judging masses?

Those of you who are regular/perodic judges - what's your take? I'm so sealed in originality that I'm not sure how I feel, even if it doesmake sense.

Opine your hearts out!
Pat

Hi Pat>>> Will love to answer the call on this one for yah..
Yah Gottah Figure that these cars had to have a German Battery from the factory..
You best would know this..
OK...In my Quest to have (someday) the Mega Restored OEM 914...
I got lucky bout 6 years ago doing a lighting job at a wholesale battery
mfr warehouse...Up on the ladder low n behold..I see Porsche Batteries on the
shelf!!!!!!!
So I got to trade out part of the bill for an EXACT match 914 battery..
WITH THE PORSCHE STICKER ON IT !!!
Of which we had to take a heat gun and reverse the label....
Anyway>>>> The plastic cover for the top along with that rubber
large circular 'band'
that holds it..
FITS PERFECT...FITS IN THE TRAY PERFECT!!!
THE POSTS ARE ON THE CORRECT SIDES!!
Here are the #'s yah need..
Douglas Battery Mfr'ing
Porsche Part # 999.611.036.07
Made in Germany
Drawback is only 300CCA..
So if outside in REALLY cold weather could pose a problem..
Mine died due to non useage.. alfred.gif
So Try Stoddard or????I do need to find another..
Have not been back there since, due to Mngmnt changes..
Lemmeno what is up...Thanx
PorVdub
Buy the optima for use, it will prevent damaging acid from hurting the paint and meatl, and that will hurt show points! My experience is that Optimas can hold a charge a long long time, i have 6-7 year old optimas still cranking my car, and some have sat unused for a year. A regular batter would be dead with that abuse. the price is double of the elcheapo batteries, but only 50% more thant eh higher end 'wet" batteries, the longer life of the optima makes it come out about the same price per year of use.

If you really want period correct, then bay a battery, working or not that is correct,a nd swap it out with the optima at each show, jsut be sure to wipe all that nasty sulfuric acid off.

I love the optimas, as you can probably tell. they are so nice.

yeah you could also maybe get period correct tires, with a 30 year old date code on them, (too be totally correct) how ever they will most likely be leaky, and cracked, just like a 30 year old battery would be. Might or might not win the show, but you wouldn't want to drive with them, correct or not.

You just cant beat the optima design, it seem=s just made for the 914 poor battery location issue
The price is not that bad considering how long mine have lasted.
Scott Schroeder
I totally agree with the above.

Pat, for a near perfect looking factory replacement, take your battery cover down to you local FLAPS and find one that it fits. I have an AutoZone battery that is the perfect size, and had easily removeable decals on the case. With the battery cover you cannot tell it apart from factory. if you want the Porsche decal, as I have stated prior, you can have them made for next to nothing - especially if they are the paper backed decal - you can do those on your home computer.

For our Healey, TF, Morris and Jag, we use these:

http://www.tartopper.com/
Pat Garvey
QUOTE (Scott Schroeder @ Oct 16 2006, 05:48 PM) *
I totally agree with the above.

Pat, for a near perfect looking factory replacement, take your battery cover down to you local FLAPS and find one that it fits. I have an AutoZone battery that is the perfect size, and had easily removeable decals on the case. With the battery cover you cannot tell it apart from factory. if you want the Porsche decal, as I have stated prior, you can have them made for next to nothing - especially if they are the paper backed decal - you can do those on your home computer.

For our Healey, TF, Morris and Jag, we use these:

http://www.tartopper.com/

Scott,
Interesting, to say the least. As most of you know, the appearance of oiginalty is paramount w/me. Mt last battery was a Pep Boys, but it only last 4 years. Removed the labels, etc. It was made by Douglas at the time. Dead. Fused cells.

My original battery was a Deta (not Bosch) & it lasted 7-8 years. Followed by a J C Penney "guaranteed forever" battery that last 3 years. By the Penney had sold the warranties to Firestone and ......

What I'd REALLY like is another "blank" battery from wherever & "DETA" decals to fit. That would be a killer!
anthony
To me this is an area where technology trumps originality. A sealed battery helps prevent the leakage that has burned holes through many a hell hole. The fuel lines are also under the battery - an even better reason to use a sealed battery.

Hawker Odyssey batteries are more square looking if you want to avoid the orbital look of the Optima.

Another solution would be to buy one of the battery covers that the American hot rodders use. They put a new battery under a vintage looking cover.

http://www.tartopper.com/

Did original 914 batteries have fill caps?
Pat Garvey
QUOTE (anthony @ Oct 27 2006, 11:34 AM) *
To me this is an area where technology trumps originality. A sealed battery helps prevent the leakage that has burned holes through many a hell hole. The fuel lines are also under the battery - an even better reason to use a sealed battery.

Hawker Odyssey batteries are more square looking if you want to avoid the orbital look of the Optima.

Another solution would be to buy one of the battery covers that the American hot rodders use. They put a new battery under a vintage looking cover.

http://www.tartopper.com/

Did original 914 batteries have fill caps?

Anthony,

Yeah, they did have fill caps. You can imagine the contortions needed to fill one of these without overflow onto precious painwork. Almost impossible to attain.

But I've yet to have a supposed unvented battery that didn't need to have the tops removed for fresh water on a periodic basis, and it's always been messy.

Batteries have always been my biggest bitch with 914's. Doesn't matter where they are relocated to, you will still have problems. Now, I've been hearing that the Optimas have been know to "spill their guts".

I'm going to stay with old school. Just like my dual batteries for my 73 911T, I can get them from Interstate & peel off the label.

Anyone know whateve became of DETA batteries? That's what almost all of had in the early 914's. Someone snap them up, or do they still exist (doubtful, these days)?
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