8 volt battery in 1955?

zeroroadkill

Active Member
Can't seem to find out any info on using an 8-volt battery in a '55.
Will it charge?
Will it burn anything out, switches, solenoids, motors (windows and seat) etc...

Please advise.

Thanks
Bob
 

Dick Rupp

Active Member
Can't seem to find out any info on using an 8-volt battery in a '55.
Will it charge?
Will it burn anything out, switches, solenoids, motors (windows and seat) etc...

Please advise.

Thanks
Bob

Hello Chris. Yes, an 8 volt battery will work. The regulator will need to be adjusted to increase the charging rate to 8 volts. An 8 volt may shorten bulbs lifetime a little but no big deal. I used to have an 8 volt in mine.
 
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zeroroadkill

Active Member
Thanks, it might help spin the starter a bit faster! Haven't looked at rebuilding the starter yet tho...
 
I converted my 55 to a 12 volt system with a 12V battery which is not difficult and pretty commom and used a 12V starter. I have a never used rebuilt12V starter if you or anyone else needs one
 

05Dave

Active Member
I converted my 55 to a 12 volt system with a 12V battery which is not difficult and pretty commom and used a 12V starter. I have a never used rebuilt12V starter if you or anyone else needs one

When I was a kid we would convert Ford 6 volts systems to 12 volt systems by changing the generator, regulator and bulbs and leave the 6 volt starter, worked fine just spun the engine very fast. I can't ever remember having a problem with that arrangement.
 
I owned a '55 for 40 years...always used a 6 volt battery...no problems...fits the battery tray and the hold down frame. When first purchased thought about an 8 volt battery...spoke to an old time mechanic...he said "those cars were built to run on 6 volts..if you are having trouble...something other than the battery is wrong "...fixed what was wrong and it ran fine for 40 years.
 

Critterpainer

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If you have a proper 6 volt system with proper size cables and good grounds (esp the body frame and engine grounds) a quality 6v battery should start your car with no issue. It WILL crank slow, that is normal. On a good day mine will start when the 3rd cyl come up. I have found that the 6V Optima batteries do have a high amp output and will crank for a long time
 
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