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Old 12-04-2015, 08:32 PM   #1
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Battery box upgrade

I'm not a master mechanic and I don't own a boat restoration facility just a homeowner with some handyman skills. Also I don't have a huge shop. My batteries needed to be replaced so I decided to upgrade to the 6 volt golf cart batteries which led to repainting the tongue. here's a couple photos, ended up getting a little sand blaster from Harbor Freight and used a chemical stripper for the paint.
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Old 12-04-2015, 09:20 PM   #2
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Thanks for the photos.

Did you spray the final coat or brush it on? What kind of paint did you use?
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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Here's a photo of the tongue with two coats of paint on it also the primer that I used and the paint both from Dunn Edwards I had them match the color as close as possible to the factory color and the paint gun that I bought at Harbor Freight for $29 this threads to help those that don't have the ultimate shop and set of tools and advanced restoration skills which I don't showing you what's possible with a little elbow grease. Also the aluminum extension on the battery box is 1x 2in aluminum tubing that I had welded going to just screw it on to the lip of the battery box
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:03 AM   #4
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That looks better-than-new. Nice work! Joe
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:25 AM   #5
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That looks better-than-new. Nice work! Joe
Thanks spent most of the time with the harbor freight little tiny sandblaster.
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Battery box upgrade

Here's a couple more photos related to the whole project a new split panel for the trailer the 120 panel to divide the load when dry camping and new 12 volt distribution panel and new inverter with an automatic transfer switch.Removed the parallax ACDC converter charger.
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Nice paint job!

Looks like you did spend the effort to clean it up really well and prime. Turned out very nice - likely much better than original.
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Old 12-14-2015, 02:49 PM   #8
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All finished with the battery box upgrade , 6 volt batteries installed, repainted the tongue. Ended up getting A new Electric tongue jack didn't want to deal with the rust on the old one.
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How did you end up attaching the box extension to the original box lip?
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Looks fantastic! Excellent work!
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How did you end up attaching the box extension to the original box lip?
I clamped my new top extension to the battery box drilled it from below and used stainless steel sheet metal screws. Its just screwed through the lip of the battery box. 2 inches tall and just barely has enough clearance to open without it hitting the trailer.
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Looks Great. I too am planning on blasting the tongue and repainting once I finish replacing my floor. 27' Overlander
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Thanks for the response. You did as I had suspected you had done. I am contemplating doing the same as you so I was curious to see what you did.

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I clamped my new top extension to the battery box drilled it from below and used stainless steel sheet metal screws. Its just screwed through the lip of the battery box. 2 inches tall and just barely has enough clearance to open without it hitting the trailer.
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