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Old January 12th, 2018, 07:19 PM
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R71S Repro Battery where to buy???

I am needing an R71S repro battery for my Olds

I bought one from Restoration Battery that was a gell many many years ago , wanted the same thing again. they are out of business, even though their web site does not indicate this.


Tried Antigue Auto Battery, the phone just rolls over to an answering machine, I've also tried via their web ask a question thing. No reply no nothin' ????

I want this battery only to keep my car correct. I have lots of others I can use to make it run


Not a fan of "toppers"


What are others experiencing??



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Old January 13th, 2018, 03:17 AM
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Both Antique Auto Battery and Restoration Battery carry the R71S reproductions as gel cell. I've used Antique Auto Battery on my Plymouth. They are good batteries but you have to follow recommendations for winter charging and/or long term storage.
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Old January 14th, 2018, 03:29 PM
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Hi Fred,

I do not believe Restoration Battery is out of business. Last I heard/ spoke with them they were having manufacturing issues and could not keep up with demand. I was looking to purchase a Corvette battery at the time so not sure if the issue was specific to the R59 or across the board.

I ended up getting the battery from Antique. Seems odd they were not answering. Was that a one time thing or repetitive?

Have you checked with any of the Olds Restoration Parts houses to see if they have any in stock?

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Hi Fred,

I do not believe Restoration Battery is out of business. Last I heard/ spoke with them they were having manufacturing issues and could not keep up with demand. I was looking to purchase a Corvette battery at the time so not sure if the issue was specific to the R59 or across the board.

I ended up getting the battery from Antique. Seems odd they were not answering. Was that a one time thing or repetitive?

Have you checked with any of the Olds Restoration Parts houses to see if they have any in stock?

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Dave
I talked to Tom @ Restoration Battery and he said as of late Dec. He was quitting due to Antique Auto Battery not keeping up. He hinted that something else may be in the works. Antique Auto Battery is the sorriest company there is to do business with. As far as I know they are the only supplier of repo batteries for our cars right now. They will not answer the phone.

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I talked to Tom @ Restoration Battery and he said as of late Dec. He was quitting doe to Antique Auto Battery not keeping up. He hinted that something else may be in the works. Antique Auto Battery is the sorriest company there is to do business with. As far as I know they are the only supplier of repo batteries for our cars right now. They will not answer the phone.
Wow, I did not know that. I spoke with him figure in the early Fall.

Had good results with Antique.
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Wow, I did not know that. I spoke with him figure in the early Fall.

Had good results with Antique.
Have you had any contact with them lately? They lied to me about replacing a bad battery I had from them. They said they had to replace a cell and would ship it right out after 3 months. I never got it,called them and got a BS story about it being lost by UPS in shipping. Said they would ship out a new replacement unit right away. Waited another month,called back and had to leave a message because they wouldn't answer the phone. I got the replacement battery but guess what?it was the original battery I sent them. If they're not out of business,they need to be.
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I have an original service replacement new for sale.
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Old January 14th, 2018, 06:32 PM
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The dealings I had with Antique Auto Battery are positive, however that was around 8 years ago. I had an issue with 1 of my tar top repro batteries, they were splitting on top due to the heat under the hood compounded by high Texas summer temps. They replaced it twice and on the third time I switched to a different style battery. They were very pleasant and prompt.
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Subscribing,... I will eventually purchase a battery for my wagon project and would really prefer not to have a red top for asthetic purposes. I'm open to other options provided the product is proven and has customer backing.
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may have to start using the $45 battery topper.
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Originally Posted by 66-3X2 442 View Post
Have you had any contact with them lately? They lied to me about replacing a bad battery I had from them. They said they had to replace a cell and would ship it right out after 3 months. I never got it,called them and got a BS story about it being lost by UPS in shipping. Said they would ship out a new replacement unit right away. Waited another month,called back and had to leave a message because they wouldn't answer the phone. I got the replacement battery but guess what?it was the original battery I sent them. If they're not out of business,they need to be.
Same thing I am experiencing.. Antique Battery not replying after many many many many tries.

Anyone live close by and see what the F is going on???

Funny how some companies does seem to want to make money.


Also I have a 100% concours car I need this for.

Toppers suck and there isn't one for R71S

What are other correct restoration 442 guys doing out there???

Same battery used in a lot of other GMs, like Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac....

Called every resto parts out there, NO LUCK.

YOu can try too, go ahead, I'll appreciate any real help I can get.


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If your looking for 100% correct I have the battery for you.
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OK Christmas came early.

Somehow Battery Central Mall in Disputanta, Virginia obtained one from Antique Auto Battery.. Brand New, not laying around.. had to wait since start of the original posting.


I called, emailed, wrote Antique Auto Battery directly. NO Response. NADA.. Not understanding.. WTF..


Go to: https://www.batterycentralmall.com/

Correct R71S battery for my 69 442.

I got one from Restoration Battery years ago, which was also an Antique Auto Battery repro. it lasted 15 years on a trickle charger.



Hope this one can last as long.


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Hey Fred, so that is an AGM battery?


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OK Christmas came early.

Somehow Battery Central Mall in Disputanta, Virginia obtained one from Antique Auto Battery.. Brand New, not laying around.. had to wait since start of the original posting.


I called, emailed, wrote Antique Auto Battery directly. NO Response. NADA.. Not understanding.. WTF..


Go to: https://www.batterycentralmall.com/

Correct R71S battery for my 69 442.

I got one from Restoration Battery years ago, which was also an Antique Auto Battery repro. it lasted 15 years on a trickle charger.



Hope this one can last as long.


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Originally Posted by FStanley View Post
OK Christmas came early.

Somehow Battery Central Mall in Disputanta, Virginia obtained one from Antique Auto Battery.. Brand New, not laying around.. had to wait since start of the original posting.


I called, emailed, wrote Antique Auto Battery directly. NO Response. NADA.. Not understanding.. WTF..


Go to: https://www.batterycentralmall.com/

Correct R71S battery for my 69 442.

I got one from Restoration Battery years ago, which was also an Antique Auto Battery repro. it lasted 15 years on a trickle charger.



Hope this one can last as long.


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I'm guessing that Antique Auto Battery reputation has gotten so bad,they found another outlet or created an outlet to sell their batteries. It's strange that another supplier has popped up all of a sudden. Turbo Start is in the process of providing a line of restoration batteries and I will wait for them to get them out. Turbo Start offered them @ one time right after they acquired New Castle Battery but dropped them after a while.
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Hey Fred thanks for the link,

I'll give them a call.


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OK Christmas came early.

Somehow Battery Central Mall in Disputanta, Virginia obtained one from Antique Auto Battery.. Brand New, not laying around.. had to wait since start of the original posting.


I called, emailed, wrote Antique Auto Battery directly. NO Response. NADA.. Not understanding.. WTF..


Go to: https://www.batterycentralmall.com/

Correct R71S battery for my 69 442.

I got one from Restoration Battery years ago, which was also an Antique Auto Battery repro. it lasted 15 years on a trickle charger.



Hope this one can last as long.


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I found this interesting, black battery. Not close to repro but it's black and $99 from Batteries Plus.

https://www.batteriesplus.com/batter...v8-5.4l/sli24a
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when i google earth their address, it's an industrial building without any markings on it. 602 w. rayen ave, youngstown, OH. Suspicious if you can't afford a sign.
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I was talking to a few guys at the car show yesterday.
The cars were big dollar restorations and money was not an issue.
They were no longer using vintage reproduction batteries for starting and driving the cars on the street.
The reason was if the car did not start on the first attempt the battery was done.
They just used it for shows, and used a battery topper for driving.
I was hopping to run one of these batteries and still might.
It would be cool if you could just buy the correct housing and place a new battery inside the unit.
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If these guys were referring to the old liquid acid based vintage reproduction batteries, I completely understand.
The battery mentioned above is the AGM type that don't leak.
I think of it as the next generation of Vintage car batteries.



AGM or Absorbent Glass Mat is an advanced lead-acid battery that provides superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today's vehicles and start-stop applications. AGM batteries are extremely resistant to vibration, are totally sealed, nonspillable and maintenance-free. AGM offers better cycling performance, ...



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I was talking to a few guys at the car show yesterday.
The cars were big dollar restorations and money was not an issue.
They were no longer using vintage reproduction batteries for starting and driving the cars on the street.
The reason was if the car did not start on the first attempt the battery was done.
They just used it for shows, and used a battery topper for driving.
I was hopping to run one of these batteries and still might.
It would be cool if you could just buy the correct housing and place a new battery inside the unit.
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If these guys were referring to the old liquid acid based vintage reproduction batteries, I completely understand.
The battery mentioned above is the AGM type that don't leak.
I think of it as the next generation of Vintage car batteries.

AGM or Absorbent Glass Mat is an advanced lead-acid battery that provides superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today's vehicles and start-stop applications. AGM batteries are extremely resistant to vibration, are totally sealed, nonspillable and maintenance-free. AGM offers better cycling performance, ...


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Thanks for the reply.
I do not know what brand of vintage battery they were running.
Both of the guys were in the car hobby profession, one was a flipper collector the other was a builder.
I'm glad that these new batteries are of a modern design.

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The battery they are referring to in this thread is $359 and weighs 57lbs.
It can be found in the link that FStanley posted.
I'm planning to get one for my car because I had a bad experience with a typical Lead Acid battery leaking and causing a real mess in my engine compartment. I won't let that happen again!






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If these guys were referring to the old liquid acid based vintage reproduction batteries, I completely understand.
The battery mentioned above is the AGM type that don't leak.
I think of it as the next generation of Vintage car batteries.

AGM or Absorbent Glass Mat is an advanced lead-acid battery that provides superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today's vehicles and start-stop applications. AGM batteries are extremely resistant to vibration, are totally sealed, nonspillable and maintenance-free. AGM offers better cycling performance, ...


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Thanks for the reply.
I do not know what brand of vintage battery they were running.
Both of the guys were in the car hobby profession, one was a flipper collector the other was a builder.
I'm glad that these new batteries are of a modern design.
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There is a R71S battery for sale on eBay right now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELCO-ENERG...ZaXTYs&vxp=mtr
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That is a regular Lead acid Battery. The one listed in this thread is an AGM battery. It comes fully charged and no water or acid is needed.







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There is a R71S battery for sale on eBay right now. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELCO-ENERG...ZaXTYs&vxp=mtr
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Thumbs down Battery

Antic Auto Batteries not at Spring CarlisleWhat is going on?
It is a bummer
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Thanks for the link Fred!

I called them today and placed an order. I'm hoping to get the battery toward the end of June! If anyone is thinking about ordering one, do it now because the guy said they get a lot of orders in the next couple months. Any orders in June or after, don't expect it till the end of summer!


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OK Christmas came early.

Somehow Battery Central Mall in Disputanta, Virginia obtained one from Antique Auto Battery.. Brand New, not laying around.. had to wait since start of the original posting.


I called, emailed, wrote Antique Auto Battery directly. NO Response. NADA.. Not understanding.. WTF..


Go to: https://www.batterycentralmall.com/

Correct R71S battery for my 69 442.

I got one from Restoration Battery years ago, which was also an Antique Auto Battery repro. it lasted 15 years on a trickle charger.



Hope this one can last as long.


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