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Old 02-24-2012, 10:08 PM
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New Here Dead Battery

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I bought a 1960 F100, It has been sitting for four years, the owner said it died and she parked it, I checked the battery and duh its dead, what is a good battery for the 223 straight six engine, I live in Alaska, so it get to be about 0 Degs sometimes.

Also I was wondering If I should give it a tune up, New Plus, wires, rebuild the Card ETC... What else should I do to try to get it running, I am planning on a oil change when I can get it out of the snow.



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Empty the gas tank of all old fuel.In fact drain the fuel lines as well.Change the fuel filter.If a lot of dirt, rust, or other junk comes from the tank,remove the tank and take it to a good radiator shop for cleaning.

Throw a new Interstate battery in it,too.


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Welcome to the forum. Hope you enjoy your truck.

I wouldn't be surprised if you have to clean the carb as well. There really isn't much to rebuilding them actually. Just take your time and lay everything out neat and orderly. Take pics as you go to have a good reference as to where things were if you don't have any manuals. Which of course is the first thing you should get, a real shop maual for the truck. It can save you a lot of headaches! Makes good reading as well.
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Ibuzzard's advice sounded good to me. You are going to have a fun project. I'd love to see some pics of your truck. Welcome to the forum! I'm a newbie on here as well.
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I talked to my Local Auto Parts store, They do not have a clue on a battery for this truck, so what are the requirments for the cranking Amps Etc....

After talking to a Parts Store in Anchorage Ak He said that a 1960 F100 should have a 51R, I went to Wal-Mart and that battery looked a little small, what szie battery should i put in it.


When I get a chance I will post Pictures of my truck.


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Are you using the original battery box with the small bottom clamp on one end of the battery? That takes a fairly unique shape battery. I will try to find the part number for it where I bought mine from NAPA if that is what you are looking for.
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I took picures of the Battery Box, But I am unable to post them here. The battery that is in the Truck now is an Carquest CA 942 CCA 800
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800 is plenty of Cold Cranking Amps for the 223 you have.It's plenty for the stock 8-cyl. Yblock, also.If you need to pinch pennies, you could drop that down,but why not go back with what's already in it?
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I looked up what I bought and it was a NAPA part# Bat 7280.
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