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> my battery tray and hell hole, advice?
post Sep 26 2020, 03:18 PM
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given the caliber of 914 stewardship here, i kind of already know...

i'm in the midst of installing a "new to me" 1.7. not intended to be the "end all, be all" powertrain, this is more of a "tide me over" until i do my long intended small block conversion. as expected, i'm doing a lot of "while i'm in there..." work.

after taking a wire wheel to my battery tray and hell hole, there's more of "less" in the former, while the later is still solid. battery tray support is also still solid. tray itself feels solid, i've been using it as a step to get in and out of the engine bay to do things like body to motor mount bar brackest, upgrade firewall shifter bushing, fuel lines (while i'm in there stuff) etc...

is replacing the battery tray an "i can't believe you haven't done this already?!", or can i put it off a few more years (until the engine upgrade) with rust treatment? the car will almost never see rain, will be driven very occasionally and lives in a garage. anybody have a battery go "walkabout" while driving due to such a tray?

if i'm convinced i should replaced the battery tray now, what's a ballpark figure for that welding job? i have a few friends that weld but, it's a bit more of a favor than i'm comfortable asking, unless my favor balance was well into the black... these particular friends have already helped me way more than i've been able to help them, my conscience dictates monetary payment.

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pt_700   my battery tray and hell hole   Sep 26 2020, 03:18 PM
914Sixer   Really nice, simple battery tray replacement. :b...   Sep 26 2020, 05:56 PM
BillC   I would replace the battery tray, especially while...   Sep 26 2020, 07:22 PM
Coondog   Consider yourself lucky....... :first:   Sep 26 2020, 07:27 PM
bkrantz   One other option: surgically remove the old tray, ...   Sep 26 2020, 08:32 PM
cary   Be careful removing / detaching tray from the wall...   Sep 26 2020, 10:28 PM
Superhawk996   Not sure if it is just shadowing but I think I see...   Sep 27 2020, 08:42 AM
pt_700   thankfully superhawk, those are just shadows, it...   Sep 27 2020, 11:25 AM
ndfrigi   thankfully superhawk, those are just shadows, it...   Sep 27 2020, 01:04 PM
Tdskip   Are you sure those are shadows? Think @superhawk9...   Sep 27 2020, 11:28 AM
rjames   Like others have said, just remove the battery tra...   Sep 27 2020, 11:39 AM
VaccaRabite   Just get the part from Restoration Design. The pa...   Sep 27 2020, 06:35 PM
pt_700   tray's been ordered from restoration designs. ...   Sep 27 2020, 10:37 PM
Tdskip   tray's been ordered from restoration designs....   Sep 30 2020, 07:03 AM
ctc911ctc   You have no idea how lucky you are!   Sep 29 2020, 03:25 PM
Frankvw   in case you are going for the 'top-tray-only...   Sep 30 2020, 12:51 AM
malcolm2   My 2 cents on the rust.... Some people like the s...   Sep 30 2020, 07:13 AM
rjames   My 2 cents on the rust.... Some people like the ...   Sep 30 2020, 10:15 AM
Superhawk996   I'd love for that hell hole to have been my st...   Sep 30 2020, 08:34 AM
mlindner   Last replace with a gel battery/ non-acid.   Sep 30 2020, 10:18 AM
sholman5   Instead of welding the tray and support in place...   Sep 30 2020, 10:30 AM
pt_700   i'm liking the idea of a bolt in tray and or s...   Sep 30 2020, 11:39 AM
Frankvw   wow, great result to show for !!!...   Sep 30 2020, 11:45 AM
sholman5   i'm liking the idea of a bolt in tray and or ...   Sep 30 2020, 02:52 PM
Frankvw   Yes that helps !! "For the tray I use...   Oct 1 2020, 04:12 AM
pt_700   so, you can't get behind where you bolted the ...   Oct 1 2020, 10:08 PM
mtndawg   I’ve done a bolt down battery tray in 2 cars. Lo...   Oct 1 2020, 10:36 PM
pt_700   nutsert is one of the products (rivetnuts too). l...   Oct 6 2020, 12:11 PM
pt_700   finally some progress on this, intervening was the...   Oct 16 2020, 09:59 PM
Superhawk996   Glad to see you're getting after it and that t...   Oct 17 2020, 06:53 AM
Tdskip   Glad to see you're getting after it and that ...   Oct 17 2020, 07:21 AM
mlindner   PT 700, using revnuts...make sure they fit very ti...   Oct 17 2020, 08:05 AM
pt_700   thanks for the tips! i'll get back in the...   Oct 17 2020, 11:25 AM
pt_700   one small step forward, two steps back... not une...   Oct 18 2020, 10:51 PM
Superhawk996   having seen much worse repaired here, i know i...   Oct 19 2020, 06:27 AM
sholman5   Last picture. It is a drain for any moisture that ...   Oct 19 2020, 03:09 AM
pt_700   thanks gents! at the time i discovered that i...   Oct 19 2020, 08:18 AM

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