I need to replace my battery cables, and also probably ditch the braided ground strap while I'm at it. My question is this, should i use 1/0 for battery to switch, switch to starter, and then make up a short piece of the 1/0 for the ground also? What works best for you?...Thanks.
Langs has the perfect cables, and the original copper ground strap
I just installed new battery cables on my 25 Tudor. I used the 1/0 cables from Lang's and the multiple copper strip/strap type ground, also from Lang's. The strap type was used originally. You have to manipulate (bend) the copper strap a little, but that's OK.The distance from where the ground strap mounts to the frame and the battery post is only about 6". I doubt that you could get a 1/0 cable to bend enough without it becoming a real hassle. That's the reasoning for the copper strip and woven examples. Just a thought.
If you wish to win any awards with that ground strap, you should get it zinc plated.
On my speedster the battery wound up in an odd location so I made up my own cables using 1/0 cable from McMaster Carr. I don't use my starter much but when I do it works just fine. I would have used the solid copper strap if that had been an option as that Is what I have on my '22 and it is not only correct but very effective.
I also have the standard 6V system on my 1926 T. But I also added an additional earth lead from the starter motor mounting bolt directly to the chassis. No difference was noted but just thought it may assist. The battery has just died after 10 years and the generator untouched after the rebuild in 1995. Now considering replacing the standard cut out with the John Reagan VR
Thanks for the input gents, I really appreciate it. Still not 100% sold on using the new repop ground straps though.
John,on my Tudor, the ground post on the battery is only a few inches from where the ground is bolted to the frame. In my case I had two choices a woven type which was put on the car at some point, but was at the end of it's usable life, or, the copper multiple strip example which is close to the original type. I happen to have a purest lean so that is why I chose the strap. If your T's battery is located in an area that allows for a longer ground you could fashion your own out of 1/0 cable if you wish. I guess your choice comes down to what can and can't work in your case. I would think a 1/0 cable would be hard to manipulate in tight quarters. Let us know how things work out.
I replaced my battery to starter switch cable and starter switch to starter motor cable from Lang's. They have different lengths as well. Talk to a technician at Lang's. They are a big help.