Hey guys, two questions:
1. I have a 1920 Touring. The battery (6v Optima) sits in a frame under the rear floorboards. Was the original battery box that fit in this frame a plastic or wood battery box.
2. Is there a reproduction battery box that I can "hide" my optima battery.
Thanks in advance!
Robert, what can be seen from the outside is a metal battery box which takes a two piece cover. As far as I know, the batteries were constructed with both wooden and hard rubber cases, both of which went inside the metal box.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Being 68 years old and picking up this and that and going through piles of old car parts on farms, swap meets and etc. I think I maybe have seen just one. I don't recall seeing one at Chickasha either. I know they were used but I just haven't run across one.
In 1971 My father found out about a bldg. full of T parts, engine parts, sheet metal and just about any part that were used on Model T's. But no battery box. I bought all the parts for 175.00 and at the time it was a lot of money.
Anyway maybe I'll see one some day! They are reproduced I believe.
Dang you just gave me a good idea for a battery box for my tourabout (I just need a small bat for starting on dist). I can use a WWI ammo box, they can be found, have a good top and include nice jointed wood. Maybe even mount it thru the firewall and mount the switch on the other end. It could nicely hide the battery under the hood.
The metal battery boxes that the vendors sell have been resized to better fit the currently available group 1 batteries, the OEM Ford battery case will not fit in them.
Larry Smith occasionally does a run of OEM-size boxes, but not the lids, you have to find an original lid via the forum, ebay, or swap meets.
An Optima will fit nicely diagonally across a standard battery box. You have to get a piece of wood the needed thickness to bring the Optima up even with the top of the battery box. Then it will work.
Perfect, found a metal battery box... Larry thanks for the info. Sunday I was at the AACA meet and decided to get judged. As I sat in my folding chair I got a great view of my optima battery... I know I'm not winning any trophies but it bothered me since my T is pretty close to the way it should look for a 1920 (yes my spokes should be painted black as well as my bulkhead/firewall but hey the wood gives it character. Besides who is to say an owner would have done this back then?) Anyway, after the show I decided that I should try a bit harder and get picky about what you can see. After the battery box I am replacing the rubber fuel hose with proper looking metal hose and shutoff valve. Everything else looks stock according to the McCalley bible, except the oil lamps up front since mine shouldn't have them (original electric), but again I like them! And eventually I am going to turn them into turn signals... seems no one in south Miami knows what hand signals are anymore!