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Unread 06-21-2013, 07:01 PM   #1
beltmanTJ
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1975 Battery Tray Modification

I just got a 1975 CJ5 and I decided the first thing I need to do is change the battery tray:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8...o/IMAG0214.jpg

The battery doesn't fit in the tray and the universal hold down is not secure:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-t...o/IMAG0215.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3...o/IMAG0216.jpg

I removed the old tray:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-b...o/IMAG0217.jpg

New tray vs. old tray, pretty close match, I think.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-I...o/IMAG0218.jpg

But this bracket needs to be modified:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-E...o/IMAG0219.jpg

That's all I have for now. I'll post more later. (This is my first tome to post-I hope I did it right!)

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Unread 06-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #2
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1) you got the wrong battery tray send it back. 2) you've go the wrong size battery for your vehicle. The previous owner (PO) (you'll see it a lot on this forum kind of like the infamous "they" often referred to when no one wants to take the blame) probably just stuck something in there to get it going. Believe it or not I've seen a whole lot worse battery trays. Strip it paint it put er back. You might want to straighten up the beating the PO put on it to get the aforementioned battery to set flat.
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Unread 06-21-2013, 07:59 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by beltmanTJ
I just got a 1975 CJ5 and I decided the first thing I need to do is change the battery tray:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8...o/IMAG0214.jpg

The battery doesn't fit in the tray and the universal hold down is not secure:

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-t...o/IMAG0215.jpg

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3...o/IMAG0216.jpg

I removed the old tray:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-b...o/IMAG0217.jpg

New tray vs. old tray, pretty close match, I think.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-I...o/IMAG0218.jpg

But this bracket needs to be modified:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-E...o/IMAG0219.jpg

That's all I have for now. I'll post more later. (This is my first tome to post-I hope I did it right!)
In your last pic, you'll have to drill 2 identical holes just below those. There is no reproduction battery tray for 72-75's. you'll have to modify that 76+ one as I just mentioned. That's what I did. Bolt it up using the "arms", then mark where to drill those 2 holes in the tray bracket I just mentioned.
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Unread 06-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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Thanks, guys, for the comments. This is the only tray I could find, but it's close enough to make it work. I'll post more pics soon.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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More updates on the battery tray:

I used my Dremel to cut half the bracket off to use on the opposite side.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b...o/IMAG0220.jpg
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5...o/IMAG0221.jpg

Looks like it will work.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-i...o/IMAG0222.jpg

Bracket welded back on. I also put some more weld on the 1st bracket to supplement the factory welds.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-9...o/IMAG0223.jpg

I’m out of practice – welds do not look pretty!
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-v...o/IMAG0224.jpg

Here's my welder, it's older than I am.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-o...o/IMAG0250.jpg

Top side after welding.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5...o/IMAG0225.jpg

Welds cleaned up and tray is primered.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-G...o/IMAG0231.jpg

Painted with black engine enamel. Old and new.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Z...o/IMAG0233.jpg

I wire brushed and primered the firewall.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-C...o/IMAG0234.jpg

Refurbished battery that fits in the tray. I took the tray and traded my old (still good) battery and $20.00 for this Intersatate.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n...o/IMAG0235.jpg

When I held the tray in place to check for fit, the bottom holes lined up, but both top holes were way off…
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-9...o/IMAG0237.jpg

….so, I cut the right brace off close to the tray, leveled the tray and marked where the brace needs to be trimmed.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-8...o/IMAG0239.jpg

Both braces cut off of the tray.
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-E...o/IMAG0240.jpg

Trimmed and welded back on the tray at the proper length and angle.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-j...o/IMAG0232.jpg

Tray is bolted back in place and holes line up. i didn't have to drill any holes in the firewall - used existing holes.
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-_...o/IMAG0243.jpg

The tray is solid now and the battery fits the way it is supposed to.
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-f...o/IMAG0244.jpg

Overall, I’m happy with the way this project turned out although I did have to modify every bracket on the tray. I would have liked for the tray to be a direct bolt in, but I think the 2nd bracket does add quite a bit of support for the battery.

Thanks for looking a my thread.
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