Just bought a '76 chevrolet with gobs of lift, 40 inch super swampers, a built 350, headers and single-chamber flowmasters. It has a dana 60 rearend, stock 12 bolt frontend, lockers front and rear, electric fuelpump, electric fan, 3 speed plus granny gear transmission. I think that's all the info on it lol.
I bought it for the sole purpose of being my mud toy. It'll never be road driven, tagged, have insurance, etc.
Anyway, the battery that came in it is absolutely no good.
I'm debating two options. The first, and I know would be the best, is to get a yellowtop optima battery. I've heard that ordinary batteries can prematurely go bad when bouncing around offroad in a truck, and the design of an optima battery can better withstand it.
The bigger reason I want an optima, though, is that the truck will likely sit for long periods of time, and I feel the optima will hold a charge better and be able to fire it right up without jumping it off. The engine is a high compression motor, and it seems to take a lot of juice to turn it.
The other option I think I'm leaning towards is just get a decent regular battery (which would most likely be less than half the price of an optima) and just put a battery maintainer on it when the truck is parked for a while.
What is y'alls opinion on this. Would I get enough life out of a normal battery with a maintainer to make it not worth my while to spend the extra $$$ on an optima?
Edit, yes I know it's a sin to own a chevrolet, but all my daily driver-trucks are fords, and I got a great deal on this chevy truck, and it's exactly what I was looking for in a toy. Please don't hate me, I'm
all the way, but can appreciate other brands as well.