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#329472 - 12/28/14 12:30 PM Spring ring Battery Cables
Billu38 Offline

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Registered: 05/20/09
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Loc: Florida, USA
How many years did Chevrolet use Spring ring battery cables?? thx….Billu38

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#329663 - 12/30/14 02:52 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
tonyw Offline




Registered: 05/23/02
Posts: 4174
Loc: Goulburn Australia
Too long, they were an absolute pain if the battery was disconnected often as they lost the clamp pressure.
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#329667 - 12/30/14 04:48 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
Chipper Offline




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The earliest I have found is 1962 and latest 1969. Not sure that is 100% accurate.
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#329674 - 12/30/14 06:36 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Chipper]
John 348/340HP Offline

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Bill,
As Chip already said they used them starting in 1962, and I know they used them up through 64, but I am not sure how much further after that. The spring ring cables were superceded to the clamp type terminal but still retained the same part numbers in Delco catalogs as the spring rings used, as they were a direct replacement. With one exception I had found. The NOS Delco service parts do not have the full run of wire to the voltage regulator, they have crimp butt splice to tap into the existing regulator connector. That way the same service replacement cable could be used on the 61-62, as the 63-64's that used a different regulator connection. The original factory installed cables were direct to the regulator with no splice. The Chevrolet part numbers will differ while Delco does not. On the full size cars like yours 4F-53 is the positive and 1964 they went from a 4F-22 to a 4F-30 on the negitive. I really did not look into why they went to the 30" negitive cable on the 64's. That was the last year of that chassis/platform, so it is strange that they would make a production change that late on a run.

The spring ring cables were used in other GM vehicles also. I know they were used as late as 1970 on some Buicks, I am not sure when they stopped on Chevrolets. I will do some digging tomorrow and see what I come up with, should be easy enough to find
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1953 2 door 150 Sedan
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1962 2 door Impala Hardtop 409/409 4spd
1962 2 Door Biscayne Sedan 327/250 Auto
1975 Cosworth Vega #0718
1977 Monza Mirage 305 4 Speed
1985 Caprice Wagon w/Chevy V-8
1987 Celebrity Wagon
2005 GMC Safari
2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Diesel
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#329688 - 12/30/14 02:44 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: John 348/340HP]
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I have found references to '69 Nova and Camaro using spring clamp cables. Corvettes used them for several years. Think they started in '62 but not completely sure when they switched to side mounts. Side mounts appear to be what they went to after the spring clamps. The idea with side mounts is to get the connection away from the acid gas that comes out of the battery vents and accelerates corrosion of the post/cable connection.
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#329699 - 12/30/14 03:22 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Chipper]
jiaccino Offline



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Camaro changed to side post batteries in early May 1969 unless the HD battery option was ordered & that was only a top post battery....Joe
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#329703 - 12/30/14 03:55 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Chipper]
John 348/340HP Offline

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Originally Posted By: Chipper
. Think they started in '62


It did start in 1962
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if you never do nothing, you can never do nothing wrong! (think about it)

1950 2 door Styline Deluxe
1953 2 door 150 Sedan
1960 2 door Impala Hardtop 348/340HP 4spd
1962 2 door Impala Hardtop 409/409 4spd
1962 2 Door Biscayne Sedan 327/250 Auto
1975 Cosworth Vega #0718
1977 Monza Mirage 305 4 Speed
1985 Caprice Wagon w/Chevy V-8
1987 Celebrity Wagon
2005 GMC Safari
2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Diesel
2015 Cadillac CTS

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#329752 - 12/30/14 11:26 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: John 348/340HP]
Chipper Offline




Registered: 11/22/01
Posts: 16632
Loc: The Great State of TEXAS
Maybe once we have a bunch of folks that have posted what they know or have found someone will summarize it into a table or ? Then it can be used as a reference in the case someone else wants to know if his cables are correct.
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#329754 - 12/30/14 11:41 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Chipper]
Mike McCagh Offline




Registered: 11/10/03
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Loc: cumberland, md
spring ring battery cables were used in the corvettes starting in 63 and were used at least thru the end of 67 production. repos have been available for the past 20+ years(Lectric Limited corp) . it should be noted the repos are squared off(90 degree angle) where the top and sides of the terminal meet, whereas originals slope at the interface. mike

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#329874 - 01/01/15 03:50 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Mike McCagh]
jimpala70 Offline

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Registered: 07/19/06
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Loc: N.I.R.
1970 was last year used on fullsize Chevy's,unless HD battery ordered then it was side post. Jim

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#329880 - 01/01/15 11:17 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
Billu38 Offline

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Thanks to all…good info….Billu38

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#330004 - 01/02/15 02:17 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
p.k. Offline

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Registered: 05/22/05
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Loc: seligman ,AZ
Billu38: You might try corvette central they have the type of cables your looking for.
www.corvettecentral.com patriot
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#330031 - 01/02/15 06:29 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
Billu38 Offline

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The Corvettes are usually a different length than the full size Impala…but I'll look again..thx..Billu38

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#330033 - 01/02/15 06:33 PM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
John 348/340HP Offline

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Registered: 12/16/01
Posts: 1994
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Bill, Show Cars in New Ulm Minnesota have the exact reproduction cables for your 64. They specialize in 58-64 full size, and their re-pop stuff is dead on. I have been buying stuff from them for over 20 years.
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if you never do nothing, you can never do nothing wrong! (think about it)

1950 2 door Styline Deluxe
1953 2 door 150 Sedan
1960 2 door Impala Hardtop 348/340HP 4spd
1962 2 door Impala Hardtop 409/409 4spd
1962 2 Door Biscayne Sedan 327/250 Auto
1975 Cosworth Vega #0718
1977 Monza Mirage 305 4 Speed
1985 Caprice Wagon w/Chevy V-8
1987 Celebrity Wagon
2005 GMC Safari
2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Diesel
2015 Cadillac CTS

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#330079 - 01/03/15 01:09 AM Re: Spring ring Battery Cables [Re: Billu38]
Billu38 Offline

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Registered: 05/20/09
Posts: 676
Loc: Florida, USA
Thanks John…just ordered their catalogue…never really heard of them but looks like they've got lots of parts…thx…Billu38

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