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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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What's up with my battery tray?

As the title suggests, I'm confused by my battery tray. Looking at other pictures of battery trays for 68 mustangs, mine doesn't seem to look like the rest and it's making it difficult for me to figure out the hold down bracket situation (i.e., there is no hold down bracket in my situation).

Any guidance as to what I'm missing here (parts?) would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-10-2019, 10:24 PM
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you are missing the proper tray and hold down- available at most mustang vendors. Whatever is there now is homemade. Wes
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Looks like it had rusted away then someone cobbled together whatever you see now. Regardless, you likely have a date with an angle grinder and welder.
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Looks like it rusted away?!

Here my fender apron after I removed the rusted tray:


Here’s the tray and backing plate:



Just ordered and installed this tray from CJPP. $11 and fits great. Did some clean up, rust converter / encapsulator and epoxy prior. The backing plate will cost ya a bit more if you need one. Hope this helps!
https://www.cjponyparts.com/cj-class...-1970/p/M3535/

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Looks like it had rusted away then someone cobbled together whatever you see now. Regardless, you likely have a date with an angle grinder and welder.
Well, the date with the angle grinder I can handle, but that welder thing not so much. I don't know how to weld, nor do I have one.

Are you suggesting the welding for fixing any rust to the fender that is likely under that welded in sheet that is in the pic? Or for installing the proper tray? From what I've seen at the link above, it looks like the CJPP battery tray doesn't require welding.

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Looks like that fender apron will need POR.

Not the rust treatment paint...

Patch Or Replace.
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Look up underneath it and see if the metal looks ok from the outside. The apron metal might be alright.

The new package tray just bolts on. So you should probably plan to buy the bolts too.

And you'll need the hold down handle and the long bolts that actually hold it down.

So, something along the lines of:
Tray: https://www.npdlink.com/product/batt...l-1-2mm/100916
Bolts: https://www.npdlink.com/product/moun...-sems-6/100914
Hooks: https://www.npdlink.com/product/moun...correct/100922
Bracket: https://www.npdlink.com/product/batt...duction/100902

Also just so you're prepared, the lower bolts go in from the outside right above where the bumper bracket bolts on, so you might need to take that loose to get the bolts in.
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Look up underneath it and see if the metal looks ok from the outside. The apron metal might be alright.

The new package tray just bolts on. So you should probably plan to buy the bolts too.
Well THAT was a bad idea.

I think for now I'll leave it as it is and rig up a better hold down system than just an old bungee cord that was originally there.

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What you can do is this:

Clean up as much as you can. Cut out the damaged part of the apron. Take a replacement apron and cut out a patch. Use a 1” overlap with the old panel. Use screws to hold it to the old panel. Paint everything to protect it. Bolt on a new battery box.

Done carefully it is difficult to tell without looking close and it will last for a long time until you can find a friend who can help you weld it in

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Well that's not what you were supposed to find.

At least now you know what you've got to work with I guess.
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