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markusfmeyer 04-25-2019 07:35 AM

New PT battery tray
 
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It was time for new batteries this year. When I took the old ones out I didn't like the looks of the old tray. It was rusty and bowing down in the middle. I started trying to sand the rust off but wasn't comfortable with what I saw, plus I would still have the bowing in the middle. Time to come up with something new. I had seen pictures of what Ryan Saari did on his PT, and that got me thinking. I didn't want to relocate the racor or add 2 additional batteries, so I took his idea and rotated it 90 degrees. Here's the way it looked with the old tray.

Randy Dupree 04-25-2019 07:37 AM

Nasty!!

markusfmeyer 04-25-2019 07:44 AM

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Here was the inspiration from Ryan's project.

markusfmeyer 04-25-2019 07:50 AM

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I ended up buying stainless channel, 2" by 2", 1/4" thick. Local steel place near me had 1/8" thick or 1/4" thick. I didn't trust 1/8" for some reason (3 batteries at combined 200lbs or so), wanted to get 3/16" but they didn't have it. So 1/4" thick it was. Got 4 pieces at 33" length and created a new tray with 2 "rails" for 3 batteries. Cut out the old nasty tray, cleaned things up, and welded in the new pieces. Of course I have never welded and Shane offered to help, so off to Hershey I went for the afternoon and we "git r done". :)

markusfmeyer 04-25-2019 07:53 AM

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Final product. No more bowing. No more rusty mess. Beautiful sunny afternoon, low humidity, slight breeze, help from good friends, nice day for a ride as well. Thanks again Shane! And before you say it, yes Steve, I will POR it eventually when I'm bored. :)

badandy 04-25-2019 08:05 AM

Very nice!

Randy Dupree 04-25-2019 08:05 AM

nice work!

Bill Pape 04-25-2019 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by badandy (Post 449732)
Very nice!

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Originally Posted by Randy Dupree (Post 449733)
nice work!

X3, NICE

gcyeaw 04-25-2019 07:42 PM

I see you hired Fedeli Cable and Welding service for some of the work:D

pauleburgess 04-25-2019 07:52 PM

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Originally Posted by markusfmeyer (Post 449730)
Final product. No more bowing. No more rusty mess. Beautiful sunny afternoon, low humidity, slight breeze, help from good friends, nice day for a ride as well. Thanks again Shane! And before you say it, yes Steve, I will POR it eventually when I'm bored. :)

Looks nice, and I know I'll have to do it soon... can't figure out a valid excuse to get to Hershey though. I do have a question -- where is your + post located? Mine was on that wall just above the rearmost battery, which makes my cabling always look ugly.


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