Type 65 Coupe Update: Battery Box Installation   2 comments

I painted and installed the slightly modified battery box from FFMetal this past weekend. Just to be different, I decided to paint the box white on the inside and black on the outside.

As you recall from my previous Coupe update, the battery box fits very tightly into the chassis – and I figured out a way to install the battery box without scratching up the paint – the trick is to install and build the box piece-by-piece into the chassis space. In other words, do not assemble the battery box and then mount it into the chassis – instead, build the box into the chassis.

NOTE: By building the battery box into the chassis, adjusting one side of the box inward (as described in my previous battery box notes) may not be necessary. Try a dry-fit before you drill the side of the box to change the dimension slightly.

This is actually easy to do, but difficult to explain. Here are some pictures of the freshly-painted battery box installation:

FFMetal battery box for the Type 65 Coupe - the individual parts are inserted into the frame one piece at a time, Cleco-ed into place, and then riveted.

FFMetal battery box for the Type 65 Coupe – the individual parts are inserted into the frame one piece at a time, Cleco-ed into place, and then riveted. (Left side view.)

A close-up of the small cut needed on the left side of the battery box. This cut-out does not interfere with the battery - but the battery clamp bar may have to be moved, depending on where terminals, vents or filler caps are on the battery.

A close-up of the small cut needed on the left side of the battery box. This cut-out does not interfere with the battery – but the battery clamp bar may have to be moved, depending on where terminals, vents or filler caps are on the battery.

Another view of the two-tone battery box. I like the white interior, it makes it look nice and clean. Of course, a lid will cover everything later. . .

Another view of the two-tone battery box. I like the white interior, it makes it look nice and clean. Of course, a lid will cover everything later. . .

Another view. . .

Another view. . .

The battery box with the supplied cover in place. Since I moved one side inwards, one cover screw does not line up properly. This does not bother me too much - I will install a small piano hinge at the upper side of the battery box, and the bottom two screws will hold the cover in place.

The battery box with the supplied cover in place. Since I moved one side inwards, one cover screw does not line up properly. This does not bother me too much – I will install a small piano hinge at the upper side of the battery box, and the bottom two screws will hold the cover in place.

When the trunk floor panels are installed, I will make a cut-out to access the battery compartment. The instruction sheet shows how to make the cut-out in the floor panel, but I will make the cut-out with an easier technique that woodworkers use: A router and pattern bit. I will show how this is done when I get to that stage.

I may make a small finger-hole on the cover so it will be easier to open. Insulation and carpet will cover the entire trunk area later.

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