Battery box dimensions

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2005: Battery box dimensions
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bob Scherzer on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 05:12 pm:

I went out and removed my battery box from my 22 coupe which I cleaned up and took these measurements for those wanting to know the size of an original T battery box and how it was constructed.

It came apart in three pieces using just mechanical fastenings. It shouldn't be too hard to construct but if you know a heating and air conditioner guy that does duct work it's a 5 minute job. The Pittsburgh-type seam will probably be the only hard part in construction for a DIYer. The metal used was a .026 plain steel or 23 gage. The bottom is a rectangular piece 7-3/8"X 9-1/4". The 8 taps used to attach it the side panels are cut 1-1/2" in from each corner and are an 1/2" wide and 1/2" deep. The two 1/4" holes are 2-1/4" in on the long side and 3-3/8" in from the short with a 1/2" 45* cut off on all four corners.

The two pieces that make up the sides are 7-1/2"X 9-3/8" and 8"tall as outside measurements . The two full size pieces before bending would measure 8-1/2"X 17-1/2" figuring for the double and single seams at each end plus the 1/2" fold on the bottom. Sorry my measurements on the box didn't show up better.
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I placed a modern replacement 6 volt battery in to check for fit and it does have enough room without having to make any changes. Now I just need to replace the bottom piece and powder coat the whole thing and it should be good to go again. Bob

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Having these two pieces of equipment will come in handy and speed things up if you wanted to make one.
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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Luke Chennell on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 05:15 pm:

Bob,

Perfect! Thanks!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Larry Smith on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 06:32 pm:

Bob: That is the same as the NOS one that I have. Now you know why I don't care to use it. There just aren't too many originals around. There are two styles of tops. I believe the top with the rounded edges is the later version. I don't know who made the ones with Ford on it, but I wish Ford Motor Company would sue them. Maybe it would knock some sense into them.


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