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Old May 14th, 2009, 09:34 PM
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Battery Box Cleanup

I swapped out the 9 year old Interstate today and noticed quite a bit of surface rust in the battery box.

I'm looking to wire brush as best I can then add a coat of POR-15. The J-Bolts still look solid but are rusty so I'll order some replacements.

BTW, I went with a DieHard Platinum 31 Marine version. From some of the threads on ExpeditionPortal it is very close to the Odyssey 2150 but at least $100 cheaper and on the shelf at the local Sears. Wondering if anyone has used one. My plan is to use one big battery vs 2 smaller as the stock sized Interstate has lasted so long.

If anyone has any other ideas please let me know. Would like to get it cleaned up in there. Thanks!
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Old May 14th, 2009, 09:51 PM
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Drill out all the rivets, have it blasted and galvanized and then re-rivet it on.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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Drill out all the rivets, have it blasted and galvanized and then re-rivet it on.
Damn, that does sound pro but might be a little more work than I was wanting to do.

When I was searching for the J-hooks I came across this last night: http://www.roversnorth.com/store/p-4...der-90110.aspx - could blast and have that galvanized to keep the downtime low.
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That would be even better.
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There is a place in the UK that makes aluminum battery boxes. A much better idea, IMO.

http://www.yrm-metal-solutions.com/page2.htm Around $100 plus shipping. They are supplied in pieces, so ship flattish.

Or you could make your own from some aluminum sheet. Pretty straightforward.
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John D.,

They seem like a better solution & more sturdy also.....I will give some feedback on this next month since thats when I will replace my battery box...it rusted thru & my "OPtima" battery might just fall thru the hole any day now.
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