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No such thing as a simple project...

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tRustyK5, Jun 11, 2006.

  1. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    I don't know why, but I can't ever just do a simple project. There is always something else that would be a bunch easier to do while I'm doing something else.

    My last wheeling trip I blew an oil cooler line...not that big a deal aside from a small fire. :doah: Got the line patched, but while doing so noticed my factory battery trays were all busted up and on the verge of allowing the batteries to roll into the engine. Those things just aren't made to take the pounding I guess...

    So, I decided I'd take care of that problem for good by relocating my batteries in some beefy steel boxes. Had a spot all picked out...right behind the front seats inset into the floor. First good thing is I never have to worry about batteries rolling or falling into something. Second good thing is getting 120 lbs of batteries a hell of a lot lower and pretty central in the truck. Good for CoG and good for running electrical accessories.

    So, I started by cutting the hole in the floor...then in typical fashion I decided that while I had the cut off disc out I'd tub the rear wells while I was at it.

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    Sorry it's a little blurry (crappy camera)

    My tires rubbed the inside of the stock fenderwells really hard so I figured 4" wider would be good.:p:

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    New fenderwell tacked in.

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    View from rear.

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    And finally the new battery box.

    As you can see I need to weld in some corners around the new fenderwells (had a brain fart while cutting :doah: )

    Still need to form up some lids for the battery boxes and do some more welding on this side. Then repeat on the drivers side and run my cables.

    Here is a shot of the box from outside the truck. It's built from 1/8" steel plate, formed and welded.

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    I'll post up some finished pic's when I actually finish this...:haha:

    Rene
     
  2. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    Sweet job!! Like how you recessed the boxes in the floor!
     
  3. RustBuket

    RustBuket 1/2 ton status

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    Those are some of the small mods that make all the difference. Nice work.
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    It was either that or redo part of the rollcage in that area...:wink1:

    Rene
     
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    Way to go buddy,looks rather swell
     
  7. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Passenger side done except for paint and the batt box lid.

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    Sorry for the blurry shot again. :mad: As soon as the seam sealer is dry I'll get it painted. I salvaged the old rounded corners and got those welded in.

    Rene
     
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    explain the seam sealer stuff? Love the battery boxes, i think i'll copy that
     
  9. jarheadk5

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    Jeez, Rene, were you reading my mind when you came up with this battery box? :D :D It's almost EXACTLY what I've been planning...

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    Nice work! I'm sure mine will be a wee bit more "boogery".
     
  10. tRustyK5

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    Well, there isn't any need to fully weld everything. So, it's all stitched about 50%. The seam sealer will keep moisture out of the joints. It's sealed underneath too, similar to the crap the factory smushed over most seams. My goal is to have a quiet and dry truck one day... :rolleyes:

    Rene
     
  11. tRustyK5

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    That's what grinders are for Ken...:p:

    Those boxes are 12" long, 9 1/4" wide and 9 1/2" deep. When I get the cables routed I'll post up a pic of the access hole and stuff (assuming I can get under there for a clear pic.)

    Rene
     
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    Nice job on the battery box. I like how you tubbed the rear wells as well. Your rig is a rolling idea of what I wish mine looked like.
     
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    Nascar style.:pimp:
     
  14. tRustyK5

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    Couple of finished pic's...

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    Here's a shot with a 48" level across the wheelwells. This fit between them with plenty of room to spare before...

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    Second inset battery box.

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    Just need to run some new cables now...

    Rene
     
  15. MT wheeler

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    :haha::haha::haha::haha:I used to have that dream. I have since bought a new truck to satisfy that desire. Excellent job on the mods.
     
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    I'm interested to see where you run your cables. That is the same location that I am placing my batteries.

    On a side note, when my truck is finished I will be doing a bit of wheeling out on the island to test er out. It would be great if you had the time to come out and wheel for a day. I haven't seen you since BB03. Anyways I'll shoot you a message when it gets closer to that time.
     
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    Real nice work Rene, I hope to check it out in person.
     
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    Looks great Rene! Very nice sheet metal work!!:bow: :bow:
     
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    Battery tray looks good. Yeah I definitely know what you mean. And my sig was definitely not a self pronounced name. A good example was my last blazer. It had a 180k mile tbi350 and blew a head gasket. Well by the end of it I had a brand new 6.0 vortec crate engine, and a 4l80e all controlled by a stand alone computer, new bucket seats, exhaust, bedliner interior, radiator, electric fans.............I think thats it.......yeah amazing isnt it. But that blazer is gone................onto my m1008................bwahahahaha.

    Remington
     
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    Very Nice
     

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