Been Awhile... '71 Rustang
If you don't already have one, get yourself a Battery Tender.  It will at least double the life of your battery.  I destroyed two batteries in about four years before getting one.  With a Battery Tender my last Optima Red Top was 12 years old when I replaced it.  My local NAPA parts store tested it and said it was fine, but after 12 years I didn't have much faith in it.

Letting a battery set for long periods slowly discharging then recharging shortens its life.  As they discharge sold sulfur builds up on the plates starting from the bottom and creeping upward, and recharging doesn't completely reverse the process.  After a while too much of the plates' surface areas are covered with the sold sulfur material and the batteries capacity is significantly reduced.
I actually do have one, but the current state of my garage and my not being used to having it has it living in the box still.  The only accessible power outlet is the one in the ceiling my garage door opener occupies along with a 50' reel extension cord I recently installed earlier this year.

I'll hopefully figure something out sooner than later to actually use it without having power wires hanging from the ceiling all over the place.  It's bad enough having to side-step/do-si-do to get by the Mustang - having more power cords hanging from the ceiling to avoid might make it feel more like an actual jungle with vines everywhere and stuff.

Good tip, though.  I'm also a believer in Optimas.  I bought one for my '97 Ram around 10 years ago, and it's still hangin' in there after I sold the truck to a buddy almost 5 years ago.
Went out to a third Cars & Coffee event starting up in San Angelo yesterday!  Apparently, people weren't happy with the change in venue for C&C and decided to strike out on their own with another event - which makes 3 C&C-like events in San Angelo now.  Wow!  I heard some griping by the high-exotic/Corvette crowd that took over the original C&C and moved it away from Golden Corral to a local bar parking lot - which was to be expected, I suppose.  Hey - not everybody wants to go to lunchtime drinking events in their expensive hot rods, I guess.


Here's the link to my pal Stephen Horton's Flickr album:

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