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Battery Box

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by elysiumhunter, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. elysiumhunter

    elysiumhunter Silver Level Sponsor

    Does anyone know of a composite replacement battery box? I need to replace the rusted out one in my SV.

    PROCRAFT Gold Level Sponsor

    Make one.
  3. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    One cannot use a "composite" battery box (fiberglass I assume), because the battery ground cable is bolted to it. So you must use steel, like 20ga.
  4. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    OR you could use a longer ground cable and bolt it directly to the transmission.

  5. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    I have them made for my Alpines. They are near original duplicates. ANd I have offered them for sale several times. Might still have one .........?

    If you have your original box, I'd suggest careful removal and transcribe the measurements to a 20 ga sheet of metal, bend and weld for a finished product,

    Pay special attention to the difference in the heights from front to back because there is a slight angle (purpose for this angle is to keep the battery level).
  6. Jimjordan2

    Jimjordan2 Gold Level Sponsor

    Very good Dan, that's something I wouldn't even have thought about.
  7. Barry

    Barry Platinum Level Sponsor

    There is no technical reason that the battery box on a Series Alpine cannot be made from a composite material or that the battery ground cable has to connect to the battery box or that the battery box must be made from steel.
  8. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Barry, The only good reason I can tell is for originality.

    I am not a purist so original is not a priority
  9. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    My thought is it will be easier to attach a steel box to the bench than a composite one.
  10. loose_electron

    loose_electron Gold Level Sponsor

    Both methods would work. I've done a lot of fabrication in Fiberglass (boats) and it's a versatile medium. If you are putting a new battery box in I would think out a better way of securing the battery down.
  11. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Don't see the reasoning. The choices are rivets or welding vs rivets or epoxy. All choices are simple, easy and effective. I see the problem as a choice between something that will corrode and something that will not corrode. That's if a person is setup to work a thicker gauge of sheet metal. If he is not, there is no real choice short of spending thousands of dollars on tools.

  12. Barry

    Barry Platinum Level Sponsor


    Are you suggesting that a replacement battery box (even if very skillfully duplicated) is original?

    Think about it.
  13. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Barry, I am not suggesting any such thing:) After your question I read and re-read my POST and see where that could be taken as such.

    My apologies, I was trying to address the the location of the battery connections and did not do a good job:eek:
  14. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    I guess in my experience, weld does a better job than epoxy at holding a 30 lb weight in a vertically dynamic system. Your mileage may vary.
  15. jumpinjan

    jumpinjan Donation Time

    Barry, this is the "STOCK" Alpine forum
  16. DanR

    DanR Diamond Level Sponsor

    Aladin, Take a look at your Alpine battery box, it is constructed with a "lip" around the complete box that supports the box, thus the battery is supported very well.
  17. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    Jan, I think it is fair to say that if the OP was concerned about "stock" he would not be inquiring about a composite battery box. While this is the "Stock" forum, it is not an "Original" forum. We are all aware there is a lot of non-original stuff on stock Alpines.

  18. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    Sadly my alpine is still at the paint shop, so I can only look at the few parts still here in my garage
  19. Tom H

    Tom H Platinum Level Sponsor

    My thoughts: If the box still has about 50% of it's metal, especially the bottom, it might be practical to simply "repair" the box using fiberglass and epoxy.

    And all, please note the definition of this category in the Forum as noted under the forum label for "Stock" :
    "For those striving to preserve the period look & feel of their car (but don't mind improvements in carb, brake, wiring, etc.)
  20. Warren

    Warren Bronze Level Sponsor

    What a better place to say , I'd cut one out of mine for the right price. Plus I've got the battery hold down for it that's stock.
    It's at a location where I would probably eat about two or three Sawzall blades up can't make sparks.

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