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Old 10-27-2019, 08:08 PM
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Default Where do you mount your batteries? Need ideas...

On my 33 Chevy, I'm trying to decide where to mount a fuel tank and where to mount my 2 batteries (donor was a F350 with 2 batteries).
My floor is very thin (4" frame on the ground + 2 inches under the floor skin)

The 2 ideas I'm bouncing around are shelf behind rear seat, or build an enclosure that looks like a tank cylinder and mount next to the engine outside.

I would like some other ideas in case there's another good option.
Where have you guys mounted yours?
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Old 10-27-2019, 09:46 PM
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Car? Truck? Coupe? Sedan? How much room behind the seat? 70's Corvettes had them mounted behind the passenger seat. Bad thing was if you needed to jump one off you had to fold the seat down to get to them.

I don't think they'll be room on the firewall or frame up front on a 33 to mount them. Lots of vehicles mount the battery under the floor, with an access door on top, still would need to be able to move the seat easily to get to it.
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Old 10-27-2019, 11:05 PM
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A local guy has a small beer keg in front of the radiator on his Model A that he cut on one side and it slides over his battery.

A friend had his battery behind the passenger's seat, was working on his truck in the garage and the battery shorted out internally and burnt the entire interior out of the truck. He was lucky to save it from being a total loss but did repaint the cab and rest of the truck and redo the interior and wiring.

I'd much rather have mine out in the open even if it looks ugly. Just my thoughts. On my 46 it's on the firewall.
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Old 10-27-2019, 11:26 PM
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I don't like to put the battery in the engine compartment! I either put in in the trunk or in or under the bed! But that's just my preference!

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Old 10-28-2019, 01:38 AM
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in my 48 dodge truck l mounted the battery in the bed then cut out the bottom of a 196O,s boat gas can and hid it under there so it looks like a old boat tank in the back, hides it well.

the 3Oish sedan has a dry cell mounted all the way in the back by the rear window on the passenger side.

jumper plugs are great idea-if you put he battery where it is a hard to access area install a set of these. they are a lifesaver, ran them on all my race cars.

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Old 10-28-2019, 04:41 PM
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Its a 4 door sedan, low-slung. I have a space behind the rear seats in front of the rear-mounted radiator. Im also thinking keg tank next to the engine in front.

Maybe a fuel cell inside the back deck for fuel and then a keg with a door for the batteries up front to the side of the engine? I think building a battery enclosure is probably easier than building a fuel tank...
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Old 10-28-2019, 10:34 PM
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This is my favorite place. In front on my Model A also.

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My last two have been in the bed, but when placing them in hard to get to spots I use forklift battery connectors with one end on the battery and mounted to an easy reach spot and the other on a custom set of jumper cables.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:14 PM
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I'm guessing this is a diesel since it had two batteries. Being in Florida you could most likely get away with one..
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:14 PM
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Excellent ideas. Thanks!
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