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Hot Rods Mounting the battery in your early hot rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Oct 21, 2018.

  1. Got a 925 mounted under my seat along with a small Battery tender. When not drivin every day I just plug the tender in. Problem solved.
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  2. My '36 Sedan...Battery box , tied to a battery shut off under driver's seat. .....g-willys 20150226_155520.jpg 20140416_113649 (1).jpg
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  3. Me Too! Roadster.
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  4. joeyesmen
    Joined: Dec 24, 2010
    Posts: 462


    In the vintage cooler . . .
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  5. 340HilbornDuster
    Joined: Nov 14, 2011
    Posts: 1,911


    2x 6V behind the rear seat! (6 + 6 = 12)
  6. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 6,867

    Bandit Billy

    I hid mine in plain sight. Easy to service too. :cool:
  7. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,417

    from Berry, AL

    I didn’t hide mine in the 47 Linc, it sits in the factory battery tray on the right side corner of the firewall and fender. I feel it balances the look of the engine compartment what with the power brake booster and master cylinder on the left side corner of the firewall. Easy to get to, too.
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  8. Mr T body
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 2,153

    Mr T body
    Alliance Vendor
    from SoCal

    Odyssey PC925 AGM under the passenger floor of the '31 coupe.
  9. fleetside66
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,561


    In my Craftsman tool box that I bought for myself for a X-mas present in 1972.
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  10. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,871

    from So Cal

    Under the floor of the bed in my 30 pickup.
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  11. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
    Posts: 2,256

    David Gersic
    from DeKalb, IL

    Mine is in a plastic box in the trunk. Don’t like it there, takes up too much room. But haven’t yet figured out where to move it to.

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  12. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 4,970

    Deuce Daddy Don

    In the trunk area, use welding cables for great power transfer, & use a sealed battery.
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  13. RoddyB34
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 542


    EB19F4C1-D1CD-4EB6-B7C6-4CADDB8A7AB5.jpeg C8980175-E70E-4601-926F-64217FBE21B5.jpeg 996F7512-CA8A-4A75-B901-21D2E061596C.jpeg ,changed my battery to the opposite side in our A coupe ,,made a cradle out of sheet gal ,
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  14. Ned Ludd
    Joined: May 15, 2009
    Posts: 4,072

    Ned Ludd

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  15. Scumdog
    Joined: Mar 3, 2010
    Posts: 621


    Couldn't fit a big battery there on mine so it went under the deck (Optima)
  16. RoddyB34
    Joined: Oct 13, 2009
    Posts: 542


    Haha Yeah Ned I think your right ,,never thought of that ,but subconsciously definitely!,,,,although I haven’t opened the bonnet (hood) on the Lolite in 2 years,,
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  17. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 4,118


    In my 36 Willy's w/4cyl. under the hood. I need ease of access more than looks.


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  18. Got this battery bracket fabricated out of aluminum for $35 on the web for my pc680, perfect fit!
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  19. jailhousebob
    Joined: Jun 18, 2009
    Posts: 682

    from Illinois

    In my deuce coupe i usede an old delco starter pack and mounted it in the trunk.

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  20. wood remover
    Joined: Dec 23, 2012
    Posts: 890

    wood remover

    Gonna be a true running board battery box for me ,on my model T IMG_1187.JPG IMG_1174.JPG
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  21. grdra1
    Joined: May 20, 2013
    Posts: 297


    Mounted my battery under the dash on my 30 coupe. Glen P1010439.JPG P1010441.JPG
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  22. krbstr
    Joined: Jul 18, 2016
    Posts: 37


    On the firewall. I’m lazy and didn’t want to have to crawl under the truck if it needs servicing.

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  23. 53 hemi
    Joined: Jan 8, 2009
    Posts: 472

    53 hemi

    I made a box and put it behind my seat, in the trunk area. One side is for the battery and one is for tools and stuff. There's plenty of gaps in the car; I'm not worried about fumes. 20180828_141423.jpeg 20180828_164834.jpeg

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  24. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,337


    what about routing the vent pipes out through the floor?
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  25. Where that becomes a problem at least with a standard battery is venting. Hydrogen even in an open car can be a problem.

    In a sedan with no truck I have been known to mount the battery under the back seat (like a beetle), if the vehicle has a turtle deck or a truck box that is a natural place for a battery.

    When I have a battery in the cab I like to put it in an enclosed box vented to the outside of the vehicle. Paranoid? you bet your ass but you know what they say, "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they are not out to get ya." :D
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  26. 4speed411
    Joined: Jun 8, 2013
    Posts: 294


    '41 Ford...battery in the box, half into the rear of the cab. IMG_20170704_162426228.jpg
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  27. dana barlow
    Joined: May 30, 2006
    Posts: 4,040

    dana barlow
    from Miami Fla.
    1. Y-blocks

    Old post,but what other then this is going on anyway,good AM to all !.
    I guess even as a teen in the 1950s,I didn't think battery was pretty,so hiding it under seat seemed best. Being my hot rod no longer had a trunk to hide in,and firewall mount seemed the most ugly place of all. Bat has been same place I put it in 1959,but I did replace my first box,with a little bit bigger one for a little bigger bat.
    When my son Lance an I built him a T-bucket,he liked the idea of having it in same place as my old 28A hot rod. So under the seat, in his case a alum hatch cover over the top of bat box. Here's a photo of Lance's "T" going together with seat bottom up .
    Bat box on right! Lift seat bottom and 4 screws gets too bat.[​IMG]
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  28. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,083


    I have a small Braille battery which I stuck up on top of the rear fender well in my roadster. With the gas tank in there and the floor hump to clear the spring there isn't much room for anything and I didn't want to loose more space to the battery. It's a small battery but good cranking power. Hung a kill switch on the side of the mount as well. I may move that to someplace outside the car as it's a pain in the ass to remember it is off after you have gotten into the car! 20191126_141010.jpg
  29. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 409


    D0C5DE9A-A38A-4151-9E62-D777BDC586D1.jpeg Retired from 50 years in General Aviation two years ago. Found a discarded NiCad battery box and cable one day, took them home for future use. So here it will go in my coupe, complete with quick disconnect! Battery will mount inside and the box will be vented with fresh air in and bad air overboard in stainless lines!
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2020
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  30. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,046


    Mounted in trunk at end of gas tank. Made two boxes in case battery didn't have enough juice to crank the 425. Boxes made to look like 50 cal ammo boxes, just a little larger. Never used the second one, used as spares and tools box. Battery is a type 51 used in a pile of Hondas.

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