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Old 04-08-2021, 06:52 PM   #1
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My 57 Skyliner has a battery that will soon hit it's 5 year birthday. I thought I'd like to get a glass matt battery. Turns out getting one to fit is a bit of a challenge. Anyone ever done this conversion? What battery did you buy? Currently I have the Interstate 29NF-VHD (Group 29 NF)

All the places I have called (including my current supplier) have not had the most intelligent, or perhaps helpful people.

Batteries sure have gone up in price. $140 just for the same thing I have.
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Old 04-09-2021, 02:48 AM   #2
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You might consider changing the battery box to this as it is pretty simple and uses the common 24F batery Ford used for decades. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1967-1968-1...oAAOSw03lY4ocj
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Batteries sure have gone up in price. $140 just for the same thing I have.
You realize an AGM BAT is a high priced option, correct?

I can show you one in FORD SCRIPT but I want you to be sitting down first ...
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You might consider changing the battery box to this as it is pretty simple and uses the common 24F batery Ford used for decades.
What all is involved in the changeover and how is the final appearance?

ADDENDUM (Fr. for CRS_ -

In short, how does the MUST tray fit a 57 FORD? Is it modified in some manner?
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:39 PM   #5
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I'm OK with the price doubling, but I don't need the script.
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:41 PM   #6
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Jeff, would I need new bolt holes?
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Here is the problem, because of battery tray size for this period FORD and BIRD, 29NF seems to be the go to for retro-fit.

It seems an AGM is not made in this series as for little demand from buyers. The FORD SCRIPT 29NF AGM is a specially made battery for this type retro-fit and is expensive.

The 29NF case size is L=13 - W=5 1/2in - H=9in

The 24F case size is L=10 3/4in - W=6 3/4in - H=9in

Waiting for JeffB2COOL to respond to tray swap description.

Can you measure your tray size? There were two sizes offered.
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Old 04-11-2021, 03:56 PM   #8
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It's the 29NF. No holes under, so the other tray will only work it I start drilling. PRETTY DARN NICE car, so I don't think I want to do that. Guess I'll go back with the 29NF-VHD that Interstate sells. I load tested my current one, and after 5 yrs it still passes. Sometimes upgrading just doesn't work out.

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No holes under, so the other tray will only work it I start drilling. PRETTY DARN NICE car, so I don't think I want to do that.
I am so relieved to hear that. Certain cars have to be kept as built ...
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Old 04-11-2021, 05:12 PM   #10
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LOL. I put a tri-power on it. LOL LOL
Oh, and it looks and works great!
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LOL. I put a tri-power on it. LOL LOL
Oh, and it looks and works great!
A modification such as this is reversible. No harm, no foul.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:53 PM   #12
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Yeah, but I'm thinking about trying to sell the intake carb, breather, and linkage assembly. Heck I can never sell anything. If I do its some obscene cheap price. The 2 barrell worked great after I tanked it and rebuilt it. Thin had the wrong jets, and the wrong float. Heck even the jets were different sizes from left to right! LOL The guys at Jegs told me they never ever saw that before! LOL LOL LOL

I tell ya, that tri-power sure is a converastion starter. 2 secondary carbs, and 1 primary carb complete with choke and all the goodies.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:55 PM   #13
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I'd attach a phot, but it won't let me.
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Was the take-off a 2V or 4V?

Wish the photo would load. EDEL 573 intake?
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2V, and it worked perfectly.
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2V, and it worked perfectly.
It came through with a 292CI-2V?

You might want to hang onto to it as if you sell the car in the future it may increase the sale value.
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The 2V only got like 11.9 MPG at 70 MPH.
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Guess I think I never had any luck selling anything unless I basically cut the price in half. Guess I think the carb and intake are just taking up space.
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The 2V only got like 11.9 MPG at 70 MPH.
...hmmpf ...

How does the TRI-POWER do on fuel, if you can keep your foot out of it ...

Nice looking setup.
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I don't know since I have not taken it on a trip yet. I checked the factory 2V on a trip from Columbus, Ohio to Marietta to visit an auction. They had a few parts too that I wanted to bid on. Oddly enough, they had a tri-power set up (used, and sat in a barn for a while) but someone kept bidding (North Carolina), and ended up paying an awful price for it. I'm not sorry I missed it, and ended up with the Holley 94s.

The tri-power has all the right stuff, and I'm picky. I wanted reliability, so ya pay the price for that. I spent months working on getting everything just right.

I'd say the MPG is probably about the same. It might even be just a bit better. I try to drive it more just to keep the gasoline turned over in the thing. Being a retractable I do tend to drive it more in the summer. I have my share of collector cars, so keeping them all exercised is a bit to keep up with. Good problem to have I guess.
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