Well. I have some very interesting results. I made it! I
took heed to the advice listed here. Removed one brake
light. Ran with nothing electrical on of course.
I started my trip this morning at 10:30 am. 2 full tanks of
gas, completey charged battery which I jump started
initially as to not lose any battery power.
In my trunk, I had waiting in the wings, 2 of the biggest
batteries I could buy with 770cca.
I also brought with me an extension cord and battery charger
(just in case).
Here are the results:
1st battery lasted 116.5 miles, averaging 71mph and 16mpg.
2nd battery lasted the rest of the trip (another 120miles),
with plenty of power left to spare. (averaging just about
the same) I was even able to turn off the engine and start
it again once home.
I stopped for nothing, just to change the battery. I had
great timing as I was contemplating stopping at Breezewood,
a major interchange area, I pushed on and I ended up driving
another 16 miles on the same batter. It died right as I
pulled into a gas station. A fellow onlooker commented on
how great the car looked.
So all in all, the initial worries faded to just enjoying
the driving knowing I would make it.
I returned the 2nd unused battery and decided to keep the
new one I had used, it definitely is an improvement over my
only 6mth year old battery that I was previously using.
Thanks for all the replies, it was a fun trip.
D. Justin Cutuly
83 XJ6 (in the garage for winter, awaiting a new alt. and
belt, plus the usual detailing before spring again)–
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