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Old 01-01-2020, 12:22 PM   #1
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I am not an authenticity person. Having said that I am looking for some ideas on relocating my battery from under the floorboards to possibly the firewall, trunk, runningboards or even in front of the radiator like in a toolbox etc. Any ideas are appreciated --anyone have a picture of a bracket to mount it on the firewall--this used to be fairly common among " daily drivers" back in the 40's. thanks for suggestions
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Old 01-01-2020, 01:10 PM   #2
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OK, I'll be the first to ask... What is wrong with the original location?
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Old 01-01-2020, 01:17 PM   #3
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There are recent posts on floor board alterations for better access.
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Old 01-01-2020, 01:18 PM   #4
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I will be the second to ask. Its out of the way, not exposed to the elements and relatively easy to service. It is away from metal parts that may be eaten away with acid.
When I first got my A two years ago, I used to ask I wonder why they designed it like that. After a short period of time i started to say "was this ever well designed " its logical and easy to work on.
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Old 01-01-2020, 03:00 PM   #5
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I've seen a few A's with the battery located in the engine compartment...but that looks really, really tacky.
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:00 PM   #6
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And heat is not good on batteries.
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:14 PM   #7
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Don’t put it in the trunk or far away from starter. Way too much voltage drop unless you use a one inch diameter cable.
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:27 PM   #8
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I ran one years ago in the trunk with regular cables. No problems except for the rumble seat passengers foot space. However I am thinking seriously about the toolbox in front of the radiator. That just might do it
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:32 PM   #9
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If you mount it on the firewall, after a year or so unless you weld up some bracing behind the holder the weight of the battery will crack & split the wall and then its a big mess..
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Old 01-01-2020, 04:51 PM   #10
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Like post # 2 wrote, whats wrong with the location. Am I missing something, it seems to be a relatively simple task to pull the floor board off and replace or do what ever you have to do with the battery.
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Old 01-01-2020, 05:12 PM   #11
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How often do you need to get to the battery anyway? IMO, moving it is not worth the effort. The original position is about as ideal as you can get - very close to the starter, on the side opposite the hot exhaust, where a good earth (ground) is available and out of the way.
Henry did a lot of things wrong with the Model A but this isn't one of them.
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Old 01-01-2020, 10:11 PM   #12
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Snyder's among others makes a plate that allows you to just remove the battery side of the floorboard, a lot easier than doing the whole thing. Makes working on the battery an easy job without having to remove the trans plate and risking tearing the rubber mat.


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Old 01-01-2020, 10:56 PM   #14
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I would suggest leaving it right where it is.


You may want to consider an Optima Battery. They work better and last a lot longer than a lead acid wet cell battery.


You may also want to consider one of the kits for better access to the battery.


The last place I would put it is on the firewall.


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Old 01-02-2020, 04:10 AM   #15
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I would suggest leaving it right where it is.


You may want to consider an Optima Battery. They work better and last a lot longer than a lead acid wet cell battery.


You may also want to consider one of the kits for better access to the battery.


The last place I would put it is on the firewall.


My opinion,


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Agree with the last place and leave it where it is but from what I have heard, Optima batteries are not what they used to be. It was only last week, I gave one of my cars a good service including checking the battery, which I hadn't done for several years. I looked for a date on the battery but found none so I got to thinking. It is physically a much smaller than usual and was in the car when I bought it 9 years ago. I have no idea how old it is but even at 9 years and not looked at for probably 5 years, IMO either I have an exceptionally good battery or we fuss too much over things like this. I might add that when I got the car delivered, someone had treid to start it and had no idea. Th elights were left turned on so the battery was dead flat and had been for months. Leaving a battery in that state does them no good at all but this one bounced back leaving me to guess that it wasn't very old so my best guess is that it is about 10 years old now.
Bottom line - leave it alone.
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:37 PM   #16
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I moved my battery to the right side because my starter is on the right. It was a VERY simple project and it fit better then original. I made a snap in metal cover plate to service it without removing the floorboard.
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The lights were left turned on so the battery was dead flat and had been for months. Leaving a battery in that state does them no good at all but this one bounced back leaving me to guess that it wasn't very old so my best guess is that it is about 10 years old now.
Bottom line - leave it alone.
Synchro, Is your battery an Optima or a lead/acid battery. Either way that is an excellent life span for a battery.
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Old 01-02-2020, 01:52 PM   #18
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I would leave the battery where it is and either get a kit or neatly enlarge the access opening. I enlarged the access area and screwed in a metal plate over the hole and secured it with four screws... simple and effective allowing easy access.
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Synchro, Is your battery an Optima or a lead/acid battery. Either way that is an excellent life span for a battery.

It is not uncommon for Optima batteries to last 10 years or more.


I have them in several of my cars and have had great success with them.


There was a period of time several years ago when Optima relocated their manufacturing facility that they had some quality control problems. They got that problem corrected and now once again, the batteries seem to be as good as ever.


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Old 01-03-2020, 09:43 PM   #20
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I vote for leaving it under the floorboards. A pain to pull out but I got a battery picker-upper and other than the weight, the picker-upper makes it a lot easier.
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