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Offline TJ Hopland

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What was an automatic battery filler?
« on: February 01, 2011, 11:56:23 AM »
Looking at some earlier car literature I see mention of an optional automatic battery filler.    What was it and how did it work?  What it a popular option?

I deal with electric golf carts so I am familiar with the concept of having to fill batteries but never heard mention of an auto fill system.  I presume this was an option for high end cars so their owners did not have to 'get their hands dirty'?
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Offline Don Boshara #594

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 05:10:45 PM »
From the 1940 Accessory Data BooK:
"The Automatic Battery Filler consists of three small reservoirs filled with distilled water and mounted in a rattle-proof case on the engine side of the dash. Hoses connect each reservoir with the filler opening in each of the three battery cells."
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Offline CEC #20099

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 08:40:56 PM »
2/1 I wonder what the owners did in freezing weather, esp where the battery is located ?? Autolite offered a similar system.
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Offline The Tassie Devil(le)

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 09:19:40 PM »
It isn't hard to make one yourself, but these days of sealed and Maintenance-free ones, it isn't really worth it.

Bruce. >:D
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Offline TJ Hopland

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 11:48:49 PM »
So what kept the cells from overflowing from all the vibration and rattling around?   What kept the acid from mixing with the water?  Is the acid mix just heavier?    Yes good question about freezing, ya wonder if they thought of that when they offered it or if that was an afterthought when the jars and lines failed?

Any idea how popular of an option this was and when it was offered?

On a Cadillac of the era was the battery the thing under the hood that needed the most attention?  How about if you were driving a Chev from the era?  Were there other things that needed more attention under the hood?
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73 Eldo convert w/FiTech EFI
80 Eldo Diesel
90 CDV
And other assorted stuff I keep buying for some reason

Alan CLC #1513

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 11:56:30 PM »
On my 1940 LaSalle, the battery is under the driver's side floor. I know that this was offered in 1940.
The plumbing for that must have been something to see!

Offline Don Boshara #594

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011, 10:19:38 AM »
I suppose I should have added the following: "When the solution in any one cell becomes low, valves in the special filler cap automatically supply just the right amount of solution. Also when a Battery Filler is installed in cold weather, a small amount of battery acid should be put in the reservoirs to prevent freezing before the water has circulated through the battery." Price was $7.50 installed.
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1966 Mustang Cpe

Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #7 on: February 02, 2011, 04:38:27 PM »
Folks,

In 1938, per the Acceleratror Magazine by Cadillac, the unit plus installation was $7.50 plus tax (in 1940 was still the same price). Seems a reasonable price today.

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Offline Jerry Puma

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Re: What was an automatic battery filler?
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2011, 12:53:47 PM »
I entered $7.50 into the Google Inflation Calculator, and that amount translates to $113.50 in today's dollars!

Jerry
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