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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:53 pm    Post subject: M38a1 batteries Reply with quote

I cant find any batteries that fit in my hold down brackets and I know that 2HN are not available any more. What kind of batteries should I look for or where can I get a correct size battery.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As soon as the snow clears out up here, I'm going to need new batteries for my A1 too. The forum searching I have done came up with CarQuest 51R-60 and Walmart is also supposed to have a size 51R. I haven't had a chance to actually check on these, so I'm just offering these as possible leads. Good luck, and report back on what you find, would ya? Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Guys,
This fellow has been selling 2HN's right here on our For Sale board for a year now.
http://www.willysmjeeps.com/v2/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=1525
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin at Star Electric has found a source of 2HN batteries, he had them at the Little Rock convention last year...kevin.emdee@comcast.net 1-270-877-0813
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the cold cranking amps of the 2HN batteries, I need to know what to buy.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin at Star has excellent new manufactured batteries. I purchased a set last year at Iola and they have been great. My M38 sat a month in the cold midwest winter and started right up on the coldest day.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have orderd the 2HND batteries from a local supplier and should have them in a few days. They are made by East Penn.

I used my military account and searched AKO and found that the Optima D51R battery is a replacement for the 2HN in the supply chain. I dont know the dimensions of this battery but it must have the same statistics if it has the same use.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an optima, 12 volt, batt in my Allis Chalmers farm tractor that works really well and has, for the last four years. I would really like to be able to buy two of them for my M-38 ...if I could buy two that I know would fit....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been looking at the optima dry cell batteries.

Are the dry cells worth the money?

My vehicles sit most of the year.
I have thought about buying two for the M38 and use them on the other antique vehicles I drive. I keep the batteries out of the car, on a battery tender and only put them in the vehicle when in use.

I have a couple of original style 2HN batteries from Star Electric, but I am hesitant about putting fluid in them and using them as they can be more difficult to obtain or used to be anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I said, I was able to order the 2HND batteries from a supplier, but it took a few days to get. In my searching on AKO , I found the Optima battery as a direct replacement for the 2HND in the supply chain, I bet that the Optima's are available from suppliers locally.
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