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ill put this in here to save Si having to move it later,:incheek:

what size of battery will i need for my V4 engine? im only going to have the bare minimum of electrical equipment in the car, front and rear lights and a few dash gauges.. also would like it to be a compact unit so it dont take up a lot of space, but price will also be a factor

while we are also on electrics.... alternators. i seen a one of a 2cv is very small in size but it has some remote gubins that also needs to be wired in apparently
anyone advice on that one?
 

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an 065 or 085 should be sutable. the 2 cv alt will have an external regulator
 

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If you want a small internally regulated alternator look sat the Tonka Toy vans like Rascal etc ...oh by the way ..you still put it in the wrong section ! :shake::D
 

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If you're not worried about it being seen then a Mk2 Escort/Cortina/Fiesta one will do the trick on a budget. You probably only want a tiddler of a battery like an Anglia or Escort size. If you get one that small not many cars use them these days and I've found when I buy them from the moor factors they have sat on the shelf for a very long time and you don't get much life out of them. Halfords ones have proved to be better quality, a lot more expensive but much more reliable.
 

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might sound like a silly thing to do, but i've bought batteries from the local scrapy before. usually cheap, get a decent brand, and get it off cars that have just arrived. usually get four or five for the price of a new one lol
 

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i fit small japanese alternators to all my cars (and make conversions to put them on many yank motors) they range from 30 to 120 amps, all similar size. as for the battery, a small one off any small japanese car will easily turn over the V4, i use a battery intended for a micra on my model T with a high compression rover and its mounted at the back (so losses through the cable). the alternator wont effect cranking power, once the battery is charged it wont take any more power so all a BIG alternator does is charge quicker (not always a good thing) and power all the electrical stuff we dont need. a good example is a stock late 70s yank, it had a 40 amp alternator , a small battery and powered all the electrics including 8 track stereo and electric windows and was totaly reliable, a modern car (mondeo) has a 100 amp alternator and huge battery but it does power computer management system, electronic ignition, fuel injection, heated seats, heated windows, power mirrors etc etc. so if your doing a rod a small output alternator and a small battery will do. i do know of a model t with a chevy that runs 2 small motorcycle batterys with no problems .
 

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might sound like a silly thing to do, but i've bought batteries from the local scrapy before. usually cheap, get a decent brand, and get it off cars that have just arrived. usually get four or five for the price of a new one lol
ive done this a lot,
last one i brought was i think about a fiver, and they told me to bring it back and swap it if it was no good
 
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