I had an Optima in my 63 for about 10 years. I have no complaint about that battery. They are twice the price of typical batteries. At the time when I bought it, it was about $125. These days they are about $250(or more). I have heard from some people that they are not as good anymore. Based on that & the price, I went with a standard battery (Duracell) that I dressed up like a retro battery.
Love the job on the battery.
I just put some flat black vinyl over mine to hid it a bit. Often, a battery can ruin a nice engine bay.
Thanks. The red Optima stuck out like a sore thumb. I saw somewhere that there are retro kits for Optimas. In the case of this Duracell I just removed all the labels, 3d printed the battery caps & 2d printed the Delco label. It turned out nice.
Best i have done with the 64 was 5 years on a Sears Die Hard
On a limited use car in the Florida heat always thought that was not bad
Average battery life is about 3 years in Fl and they enclose the batteries here in a bit of a rapper to protect it from heat
10 years is twice as good as i have done so that speaks for itself regarding the brands quality
Does seem foolish to be paying more than --twice as much ( now ) for the battery even if it does work for twice as long
Buying two over a few years spreads the battery expense over time a bit - and new is new at the 5 year interval
Just another option
The battery in the Fleetwood is an Oct, 2013 unit. Still works a treat too. At 950 CCA, it bloody should be good too.
Its the one that was in the car when we bought it over. With a new starter, new heavy duty leads and new ends, that big ol 429 does sure spin over nice.
It’s larger than stock size and wedged beyween the grill and bulkhead, but holds a charge through the cold season with a terminal disconnect switch.
Now that the wiring is refurbished I plan to keep it on a trickle float charger.