WFarm -- That's a beautiful engine compartment you have there! Probably 1 in 50 that still looks stock like that.
I've never understood the Optima craze. I've been using batteries from Sam's Club and Costco since the 1990s. I'd estimate the average lifespan has been around 6-8 years in the Texas heat. And, believe it or not, one of the Sam's batteries lasted around 10 years. I think it was a Champion.
When I bought an 82 C10 years ago, this 12-month Budget Battery had already been in the truck for around 3 years. Have to say I was embarrassed to open the hood around other people, and I thought it would be one of the first things I'd need to replace. Well, 4 years later it finally died, but it never left me stranded. It just wouldn't hold a charge for more than a day or so. I replaced it with a 800CCA Interstate battery from Costco, which I expect to last at 6-8 years. Turns out I installed another 800CCA Interstate in my 69 C10 just last year. Man, that sucker will spin the engine over rapido, especially with my truck's new permanent magnet mini-starter.
You must be registered for see images attach