Hey folks- I have a 1965sovereign that I am doing a complete shell off restoration. Originally she had rear end seperation and I ended up straightening the frame and having additional support welded in. Currently the shell is back on and the new floor installed. I am just starting the electrical and am considering where to put the batteries. Originally there was one battery and a univolt in the far back. THe back would be the easiest option but I do not like the idea of any extra weight in the rear. The second easiest option would be up front (probably a battery on either side of the water tank bellow the front window). The final option would be just behind the wheel well on the road side. In any scenerio the converter would be moved as well to be closer to the batteries. Am I just being paranoid? Could I just keep the batteries in the back or would it really be a good idea to move them forward? Thanks for your input.
I am building a new frame. The main rails are 2x5 .120 tube with the 2x3 scrub rail running full length from the rear tying into the axle plate.
I extended my trunk 12" to install two batteries in the rear. Orginally the one battery was on the curbside behind the wheel well, which leaked and caused floor rot from the opening aft. The battery door will not be used and the opening patched, stopped that leak.
If your in a position to run a 2x3 rect. tube from the trunk into the axle plates you may increase the frame strength enough to support batteries in the rear trunk. Just a thought .
My battery is in the rear now and maybe it's okay. I don't like the fact that the Univolt is in the corner between the water heater and the rear compartment; it's hard to access. I want to get a new inverter anyway. How far away can the inverter be from the battery? Maybe I'll put the inverter in that small compartment just aft of the axles.