I need battery help on a Diesel Van

Dave 001

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Guys, I need some help with a 1993 E350. I recently got this van and it needed batteries. I thought it would take (2) group 65 batteries, so that is what I bought. The group 65 fits like a glove on the drivers side but there is no way it's going to fit on the passenger side. What size batteries did Ford originally use? A quick answer would be great because I just bought these batteries yesterday and the sooner I get back to the store, the better. If I go back in a week or two, I'm concerned the parts guy is going to tell me tough _ _ _ _, buy another battery. Then I out $125 and got a battery I don't need and is just going to go bad.

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Stopped at Autozone (that's not were I bought the batteries) to buy some grease. While there I asked about battery size for the van. The only thing they had listed for the van is group 65. And that's what I'm finding online. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Guys, I really appreciate the help. Everything worked out good in the end......PepBoys (were I bought the group 65 battery) does not have a group 50 battery, not just not in the store but can't even get one. So they took the battery back and refunded my money. Tomorrow I'll call the battery wholesaler I usually deal with. He's probably got it. If not, I see online that NAPA has them.

Thanks again.
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It was this way on several 87+ vans till ford went to the battery box on the side of the frame rail. I've seen some vans that took 65's on both sides too from 87+. The few vans that i dealt with that were like that i put the 65 box on the side. Holes are already there on the frame. Just made my own power lead.
 

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just go price a diesel grade battery nowdays. lead is going thru the roof.
 

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I've never seen the engine bay of a IDI 92+ van, but in the older model, same size on both sides, and there not small...

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Indeed, driver's side is the common 65; passenger side is the not-common-at-all 50. Lucky for me, I work near a longtime, one-location battery distributor.

I walked in with my 50 a few months ago; the counter guy said: "Old Ford van, huh?" They keep 'em stocked on their "oddball" shelf.

Hope you can find such a place, Dave 001.
 

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If you can't find a group size 50 I think you can use a group size 27, I seem to remember that being the solution on several of the fleet of diesel box vans I used to work on years ago.
 

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Holy thread resurrection, Batman!!

But on the subject, 65 fits both side in my '85 E350. But, I did replace the LH battery tray with a plastic one due to the original being rusted out.
 
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