Con­crete war­ranty

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I love t hese long spring/ sum­mer nights. My brother came round on the week­end to have a beer or t wo af­ter work while we messed about wit h my lat­est project (an MGA). The plan is to do a rolling restora­tion on the old girl, and one of the first jobs is to tidy up the en­gine bay. I’d re­moved the bat­tery be­fore my brother turned up, but when he did, he threat­ened that if I didn’t move the bat­tery off the con­crete it was sit­ting on, he was go­ing straight back home. And tak­ing the beer (Great North­ern) with him.

I had no idea what he was talk­ing about, but he was adamant that a bat­tery left sit­ting on con­crete will not only go flat quick smart, but will also then refuse to be recharged. I reckon he’s lost his mind. How on earth can it mat­ter where you sit a bat­ter y in­side its sea led, in­su­lated cas­ing? He reck­ons the cold of the con­crete has some­thing to do with it, but then how does a sin­gle bat­tery sur­vive a Scan­di­na­vian win­ter? Last time I looked, con­crete isn’t a great con­duc­tor of elec­tric­ity, so what’s t he deal. I reckon you’ve prob­a­bly heard ever y hair­brained mo­tor­ing theor y ever in­vented Mor­ley, so what’s your ta ke?

Ray Wild­man, Lo­gan, QLD.

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