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Username Post: Battery in trunk question        (Topic#348974)
apix17 
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01-02-18 01:40 PM - Post#2719789    

I am going to relocate my battery to the trunk. My question is has anyone attempted to route the positive cable through the inside of the chassis. It looks like maybe I could enter it in the rear near the bumper mount and exit in the front near the control arm.I would wrap the 2awg cable with spiral wrap and fuse the battery also. Any comments appreciated. This is on a 55 Belair 2 drhdt Thanks.



Edited by apix17 on 01-02-18 01:54 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 

acardon 
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01-02-18 01:48 PM - Post#2719791    
    In response to apix17

Notice the brass ground connection brazed to the top of the frame. There's another in the back near the battery.

Don
66 Corvair (driving)
57 2dr HT (driving)
56 2dr HT (waiting to be restored)


Edited by acardon on 01-02-18 01:50 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
BobbyW 
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01-02-18 03:08 PM - Post#2719797    
    In response to acardon

We did mine that way and had starting problems for ever. Tried several different starters to no avail. Finally a gentleman told me to add a Ford solenoid switch and it would resolve the problem.
We did that and have not had anymore starting problems.

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Rick_L 
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01-02-18 05:05 PM - Post#2719810    
    In response to apix17

Be aware that a "2 piece" frame has bulkheads inside the frame rail that will make routing the cable through there difficult, but it can be done. The bulkheads block most of the inside of the frame, only the corners have a possible route for the cable. I don't think a "1 piece" or seamless frame has those, but not sure what it has.



 
Jim Streib 
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Loc: Saint Louis
Reg: 03-20-03
01-02-18 06:04 PM - Post#2719819    
    In response to apix17

  • apix17 Said:
I am going to relocate my battery to the trunk. My question is has anyone attempted to route the positive cable through the inside of the chassis. It looks like maybe I could enter it in the rear near the bumper mount and exit in the front near the control arm.I would wrap the 2awg cable with spiral wrap and fuse the battery also. Any comments appreciated. This is on a 55 Belair 2 drhdt Thanks.



While I have not attempted running a power cable inside a frame like yours, I would do what you can to look inside to see if anything could rub against it or if there are any wire feed straggler wires that might poke through the wires insulation. If there is room.maybe think about adding another layer of insulation around the wire inside the frame. On my 73 Nova Custom I have Monster Cable 1/0 wire off of the starter and alternator and had some old true braided steel heater hoses laying around that the wire fit into and now the wire is covered and looks better and has a thicker and more heavier protection. I have also done the same thing with regular heater hose in area's for added protection.

Speaking of wire, make sure the gauge wire you have is large enough for the amperage demands AND make sure it's copper stranded wire and not the inferior copper clad aluminum type which some companies refer to as CCA wire.

A neat bushing I have used for passing the cables through metal are these:

1/0 Waterproof Locking Cable Bushing



One last thing is put the battery inside of a sealed enclosure and have it vented to the exterior of the car and have the case as well as the battery secured well to keep in it place in the event of an accident.

Jim

1968 Chevy II Nova (Garage Find 2013)

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