Gain extra benefits by becoming a Supporting Member Click here find out how!

Classic Performance Products Nu-Relics Power Windows
American Auto Wire Hellwig Products IncPerformance Rod & Custom
Danchuk Catalog



Username Post: 66 BelAir Batt & Batt Cables        (Topic#367494)
George B 
Poster
Posts: 78
George B
Loc: Augusta, GA
Reg: 11-09-08
01-19-22 03:37 PM - Post#2834877    

HI all, I'm looking for the correct battery cables and type (Delco?),attery to put into my 66 BelAir 2 dr. It is a factory V8 396/325. Vintage air has been added. I get confused when I go to Ecklers or Classic or other places searching.

CABLES: I have searched and know they would be the spring clip type. They list @ 33 cables for @65-66 all versions. But some specify 283, 327, others just specify fit for all V8 engines, others specify with and with out air small block, with and without air big block.

BATTERY: Delco with the eye & split design circle red caps?

So, do I get the big block pos & neg without air or with? Does it matter? What battery...or topper ( as batt in car is almost new) ?

Any help, pics, or numbers very much appreciated. Thanks.
George

Attachment: s-l1600-4.jpg (128.4 KB) 49 View(s)






Edited by George B on 01-19-22 04:24 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 


space66 
Contributor
Posts: 780
space66
Loc: Montreal,Qc
Reg: 06-01-16
01-20-22 08:39 AM - Post#2834922    
    In response to George B

  • George B Said:
. It is a factory V8 396/325.

George



can't help you on the bat. cables, but at first glance it looks like you have a chevelle radiator ? and the wrong upper alternator adjustment bracket ?


My first car: 1970 Olds, 442,455
My last car : 1966 Chev. Impala convertible,396
current car: Can't afford them anymore ...


 
George B 
Poster
Posts: 78
George B
Loc: Augusta, GA
Reg: 11-09-08
01-20-22 09:12 AM - Post#2834923    
    In response to space66

Thanks, while it decodes correctly like many of these cars there are some upgrades for safety, comfort, or better utility. Radiator is correct for car, but SBC alt arm is not, also dual circuit master cylinder, clutch fan & Vintage Air. Sure rides nice though and in the GA summer the A/C is greatly appreciated.

Pos batt cable had the end taken off at some time in the past and replaced with the 2 bolt $3 auto parts special & the neg is a non original. Just looking to replace with correct ones as pan clips are intact and to dress up a presentable compartment a little.





 
bbcrtny 
Poster
Posts: 67

Reg: 07-01-10
01-20-22 10:20 AM - Post#2834927    
    In response to George B

Check out section 2.341 for the ground cable and section 2.342 for the positive cable at the link.
http://toms427impala.info/CT/68Parts/Parts-Gp2 .pdf



 
japete92 
"8th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 2002
japete92
Loc: No. Virginia
Reg: 01-18-13
01-20-22 12:17 PM - Post#2834939    
    In response to George B

I do not have the docs for your car. For my '63 Impala, both + and - battery cables were 6 gauge. I changed to 2 gauge to allow for a little more ignition timing and not have a 'slow crank' problem.

Here's a source for cables that can be custom specified; any length, color, connectors, addition wires, etc that you desire.

https://www.batterycablesusa.com/2-gauge-battery-c...

Price is very reasonable and quality is better than anything that comes in a package. Spec'd properly, no one but you would know they were 2 gauge. Or; spec 6 gauge, or any other gauge you want.

Just trying to be helpful.

Pete



 
donzi544 
Newbie
Posts: 23
donzi544
Reg: 04-18-20
01-20-22 04:23 PM - Post#2834964    
    In response to George B

Try Lectric Limited for factory correct battery cables.

https://www.lectriclimited.com/

Mike

65 Impala SS, 327 300hp, 4 speed


 
docjns1 
"2nd Year" Gold Supporting Member
Posts: 272
docjns1
Loc: upstate NY
Reg: 11-12-19
01-20-22 04:38 PM - Post#2834968    
    In response to George B

If this helps cross reference or search, Per my 4/75 revised parts catalogue, OE#s:

Ground/Neg, 1962-70 All models:
P# 8907363 36" ctr - ctr of holes
P# 8907362 30" ctr - ctr
P# 8907361 22" ctr - ctr

Positive/starter,'65-'66 all V8 Pass:
P# 8907366 54" ctr - ctr of holes



Steve
*********
'65 Impala SS, Crocus Yellow/blk
327 / 300 L74
M11 3 on the tree
12 bolt 3.31 open dif


 
BigDogSS 
"13th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 5043
BigDogSS
Loc: SoCal
Reg: 12-21-01
01-20-22 04:59 PM - Post#2834969    
    In response to George B

Hi George,
I can't help you with the battery cables. It sounds like you want to make your car look more original under the hood.
Suggestion: The air cleaner that is now on your car is for a 327. The 396 air cleaner looks similar, but the snorkel is slightly shorter and does not point up.

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
Oshawa65SS 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 1152
Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
Reg: 09-22-14
01-20-22 08:26 PM - Post#2834979    
    In response to George B

If you want a battery topper:
https://batterytoppers.com/products/
Keep in mind that your factory hold down won't accommodate the extra width.
I had to reweld the rear right angle metal piece slightly further down the rod so the clamp sits flat.
Means redoing the plasti-dip too.
The topper holes for the terminals also need to be enlarged so the topper is not resting on the raised plastic rings that surround the terminals of a battery.
Do that and it sits flush so those terminal extenders they sell are not required.
The felt washer for under the positive cable will also pass thru this enlarged hole and rest right at the base of the terminal.
Your 66 also predates the Delco Eye.






Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
Oshawa65SS 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 1152
Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
Reg: 09-22-14
01-20-22 08:35 PM - Post#2834980    
    In response to George B

If I had to do it again, I'd just buy one of these cheap thin ones that fit the hold down without modification.
Just a matter of picking the right caps for 66.
The Legendary Topper is not randomly formed enough to look like a real tar top battery anyway.




Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
bobb 
Super Senior Member
Posts: 6003

Loc: paradise
Reg: 09-05-03
01-23-22 11:08 AM - Post#2835090    
    In response to George B

correct cables will be too small of a gauge. get bigger cables as already mentioned. i would measure 4 times and get the shortest cables to fit and look good.

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
mjc1 
Senior Member
Posts: 1775
mjc1
Loc: Burlington Ontario Canada
Reg: 09-15-04
01-23-22 04:50 PM - Post#2835118    
    In response to bobb

I second the Lectric cables. Bought them for my 65. Pricey, but you'll likely not find better or more original looking cables at any price,

Lectric V8 Positve



Lectric V8 Negative WO/ Air





1965 Laurentian post, 1967 Grande Parisienne 4DR HT
My Flickr page



 
Oshawa65SS 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 1152
Oshawa65SS
Age: 62
Loc: Grande Prairie AB & N...
Reg: 09-22-14
01-23-22 08:54 PM - Post#2835133    
    In response to mjc1

I bought mine from American Autowire, but ordered the 1964 positive cable because Oshawa didn't change over to the rad support junction block in 1965.
I needed the long red pigtail to go all the way over to the horn relay.
Negative was #05050 and positive was #05385

Ryan

65 Impala SS Evening Orchid convertible 283 2V, PG, 10 bolt 3.08 open by PO, originally 3.36
Build date Dec. 21 '64 Oshawa


 
George B 
Poster
Posts: 78
George B
Loc: Augusta, GA
Reg: 11-09-08
01-24-22 07:08 AM - Post#2835146    
    In response to Oshawa65SS

Hi guys, thanks very much for all the suggestions and help. 327 air cleaner, learn something every day, but it will do fine for me. I have a decent, rust free and very high quality paint & upholstery car, with some improvements for driveability. Recently got it and drive it most every day. Don't plan to enter shows and such, but want to put my own tweaks on it to have little more sense of ownership.

BigDog, yes you are correct, I want to make it look a little better, a little more like original without going too much and stupid further into the pockets.

Any other suggestions for improvement appreciated. Thanks, George



Attachment: s-l1600.jpg (84.49 KB) 21 View(s)




Attachment: s-l1600-2.jpg (128.56 KB) 24 View(s)




Attachment: s-l1600-1.jpg (92.5 KB) 28 View(s)






 
bobb 
Super Senior Member
Posts: 6003

Loc: paradise
Reg: 09-05-03
01-24-22 08:26 AM - Post#2835151    
    In response to George B

tree spd?

70 L camino, grampa engine, g-force 5 spd, road rage suspension. Pray first before all else fails.


 
BigDogSS 
"13th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 5043
BigDogSS
Loc: SoCal
Reg: 12-21-01
01-24-22 10:14 AM - Post#2835156    
    In response to bobb

Great car, George!!

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
George B 
Poster
Posts: 78
George B
Loc: Augusta, GA
Reg: 11-09-08
01-24-22 10:17 AM - Post#2835157    
    In response to bobb

Yes sir, 3 speed on column, rubber floor mat, radio & clock delete, manual choke for Holley carb. Best I can tell is 3:31 posi chunk.

Books, papers, plastic bag & 1 set orig keys including the correct VIN V8 protecto plate made to State Police listing it as SP-36 & an old card for checking it into inventory. Supposedly a re-do from an old cruiser used by high ranking officers/unmarked chase vehicle. Speedo is marked Certified Calibration.

Regardless of what it is or was in the past, real or imagined, it's a smooth running, quiet, comfortable, and fun car to drive. Trying to do a little more correct dress up here & there but not going crazy about that stuff. Good pass time for an old guy who just loves to drive and tinker with it.

Appreciate it. George

QUESTION FOR Y'ALL: I also have an orig paint black 4dr hardtop 66 Caprice, pretty decent patina car 396, 3 speed on the column, sweet driving, complete with books, smooth running with brakes done, shocks etc. Bought before the cpe. Been told by the local "experts" its all correct, except for chrome air cleaner & complete & matching numbers etc etc. It has the correct alt mount and a few little things here and there that are right or better shape for the coupe. I'm tempted to swap those few things but feeling bad about taking from the "original" which I plan to sell off very reasonable. What would you do on those few items...swap or leave alone? All opinions welcome.



Attachment: Screen_Shot_2021-12-14_at_6.56.49_AM.png (274.55 KB) 42 View(s)



 
BigDogSS 
"13th Year" Silver Supporting Member
Posts: 5043
BigDogSS
Loc: SoCal
Reg: 12-21-01
01-24-22 02:23 PM - Post#2835166    
    In response to George B

I say let it alone...

    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible 327 - Ermine White C1 - VCCA Senior Award
    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS Sport Coupe 396 - Marina Blue FF - personal "barn-find" lol



 
Tony1963 
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 1301

Loc: Orlando Florida
Reg: 07-09-18
01-24-22 02:51 PM - Post#2835168    
    In response to George B

I would not change a thing, either. It is very stunning as is.



 
bigbowtielover 
Valued Contributor
Posts: 2702
bigbowtielover
Loc: Surrey British Columbia
Reg: 09-01-13
01-25-22 08:30 AM - Post#2835209    
    In response to George B

Police package cars had different front control arms and balljoints. I would like to see pictures of them. I had a police package '65 biscayne years ago but it got stolen before I could get it into my shop. I know the control arms and balljoints have different part numbers and have always wanted to see what the physical difference was between them.



 


Icon Legend Permissions Topic Options
Report Post

Quote Post

Quick Reply

Print Topic

Email Topic

1975 Views
FusionBB
FusionBB™ Version 2.1
©2003-2006 InteractivePHP, Inc.
Execution time: 0.151 seconds.   Total Queries: 19   Zlib Compression is on.
All times are (GMT -0800) Pacific. Current time is 05:14 AM
Top