898-A Battery question

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29 Apr 2008 13:12 #9939 by Steve Miller
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Hello to all, I'm a new guy to the forum and need some help with a battery. I inherited my Dad's (Blaine Miller) 1931 898-A sedan when he passed away last Nov. It is setting in my Mom's garage and I cannot get the battery to charge. I know it's (+) ground and how to hook up everything correctly but I think it may be low or out of acid and I'd like to check it but I can't figure out how to get to the darn thing. I know it's located under the front seat floorboard, but how do you get the seat out of the way? Sorry to ask such a dumb question, but I appreciate any help.
If I may I would like to tell you a little about Dad's car. He purchased it in Oct 1955 for $150, he was the 3rd owner. It was a dark blue I believe, and he had it painted black after he bought it. In the late 70's early 80's he restored it and painted it two tone brown. The interior is all original and it has about 53K miles on it. It runs a little hot, and he didn't get it out much, but it did turn heads when he did.
Dad joined the ACD club in 1980 and went to every meet in Auburn for the next 27 years. He was a pretty quiet man, and didn't attend the social gatherings, he just loved to look at the ACD cars in the museum and at Elkhart Park on Saturdays before the parade. I'm going to try and attach a couple photos with any luck
Once again, thanks for any help with the battery question.

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29 Apr 2008 17:00 #9950 by sds1861
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Hello Steve:
The lower front seat cushion is easily removable by pushing the front of it back sharply and lifting up at the same time. That will release the cushion and it can be completely removed out the door on either side of the car. You will then find a wooden door in the floor board under the passenger seat that can now be removed to reveal the battery. If the battery is more than three years old, you should go ahead and replace it.
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Steve Stevens

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29 Apr 2008 17:33 #9953 by Steve Miller
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Thanks I'll give that a try

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02 May 2008 23:41 #9983 by Hank Reus
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Dear Dr. Miller , I've just finished a lot of restoration work on my '31 Auburn 8-98 A and, If I can be of any help with questions or information about the cars or help you to solve any problems getting it back in running condition ,please feel free to contact me and I will due my best to help you along . I've enclosed my telephone number for you convenience ;410-377-2512 , and you can get my address from the roster . I might also add , best of luck with the car , Hank Reus

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03 May 2008 00:39 #9984 by
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I assume you are trying to charge the battery by hooking the charger to the terminal at the starter. Is there a battery disconnect switch? Pete Kelly

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