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post #133 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2014, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
Paul L
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Battery:
I wanted to measure the distance from the battery's negative terminal to the battery cut off switch.
( That way I could order two new earth cables to connect everything up properly. )

This was a good excuse to trim some spare rubber sheet I had to replace the old battery mat.



The rubber sheet just sits at the bottom of the battery box.



But when I put the battery on top, I realised why my donor didn't have a battery clamp in place...



Yes, the battery is the wrong shape to work with the new Spitfire clamp I bought.
( The clamp would short out the two terminals when their cables were fitted. )

A new battery had always been on shopping list, so now was a good time to get it.

Unfortunately, the new clamp didn't want to line up properly with the new battery either.

( Admittedly, the battery sits much lower than standard in my home made battery box. )

Thankfully I found something suitable in the box of bits that came with my donor car.



Although there was still a small issue with the length of the bolts.



So out came the angle grinder to trim both the width of the bracket & length of the bolts.

Then I added the foam strip that came with the new bracket to the back of my alternative one.



So now it all looks a lot better.





With the battery in position, I could measure and order the new cables I needed...
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