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Default 24F Batteries to fit '66 Mustang

I'm having trouble finding a 24F battery with thte ears on the ends to fit my car. They all have ears on the long sides, but are smooth on the ends. Anybody else have this problem? How did yousolve it? I'd rather not have to modify the battery clamp.
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Good luck. I tried for so long and called many battery dealers etc.,etc. In other words don't waste your time. NPD sells a conversion kit to put the modern batteries in the 65-66. Here is the link to the catalog. Page 143

http://npd.dirxion.com/Main.asp

http://npd.dirxion.com/cart/cart.asp...ion=CONVERSION
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The direct link above doesn't work for some reason.

Mike,

You are talking about the ears for the battery hold down clamp?

I haven't had a battery in 30 years that will work with the stock clamps. My solution? Don't use the clamp. I haven't had a battery fall out yet. The battery cables sort of hold the battery in the general location and gravity does the rest.
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Well I didn't want to, but I just ordered the 67 holdown kit from Virginia Classic Mustang. It appears I had no choice. It's not like it was a super original car anyway. Thanks for the input.
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Hi guys. With all due respect to Ivy66GT, who always gives good answers, the no hold down is not a good idea. Heaven forbid that mwillis should ever be in a front end crash, that battery would go flying and put battery acid all over the place. I have a friend that that happened to and lost an eye. I put the conversion that jspagna1 suggested in my 66 coupe and it works fine and did not take that long to do.

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I didn't say it was the best answer for Ralph Nader, the question was what have we done to solve it.

The battery is up front and will be the first thing to go in a crash anyhow. The flat panel in front of it is what will stop the battery more than a flimsy bottom hold down which never worked very well anyhow. Sort of like the gas tank exposed at the rear end. Ford lost a lot of Pinto lawsuits in the 70s for a tank in the exact same position. I doubt many Mustang owners have parked their cars for that reason. You have to accept that old cars aren't usually as safe as new ones.

If no hold down bothers anyone then the over the top bail conversion is the way to go.
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Hello. I thought that was what they made bungie cords for.
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Bungee cords are really to hold the doors closed* when the latch fails but tying one around the battery and carrier would be a good way to both hold the battery and not make any un-original mods.

*Yes, I have driven cross country with that solution on a car with suicide doors. Necessity is the mother of invention.
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Hi again. These are available from your local Ford dealer. I think that Scott Drake is reproducing these, but they are too short and don't have as much snap.
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I found one today at Pep Boys 24F with the ears manufactured by Bosch. Fits perfect in my 66
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Thanks for that info......
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I agree with Ivy, my battry has been sitting all by itself since the day i got the car. It doesn't move at all. Its not like i go 4 wheeling in my Mustang so its not an issue. A new battry tray is on my list of things to get, Probably get an updated one so i can tighten it down. I got a 72 size battry now, a little bigger. (More weight to hold it down, right?) Side note - Always remember the protection for the battry's...the fender rubber.

Battry 24F? what about the R letter that reverses your battry posts, like the way they are supposed to be (i think - with posts towards rear of car) the positive post by fender & Solenoid?

Ivy & Veronica, you two have been going at it (humor-wise) since way back. You are quite the pair. Duct tape and bunjee cords. Thats a way of life in Alaska.
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would be a good way to both hold the battery and not make any un-original mods.
yes, i think i might just use a Bunjee cord - as Ivy says "not make any un-original mods" definitely the way to go.
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The 24F has the post towards the rear of the car with the positve next to the fender well
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Exide still has the clamp shoulders on their 24F.

As for driving with no clamp, around here the potholes are such that any time you could have the battery laying on your alternator, or worse.
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