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Old December 21st, 2009, 12:57 PM
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Battery Box Replacement? What is involved in replacing one of these? Is it straight forward or not?


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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:08 PM
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It is real easy if the seatbox is out of the truck. I have never done it in situ so I don't know if it can be done.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:41 PM
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It is real easy if the seatbox is out of the truck. I have never done it in situ so I don't know if it can be done.
Ahhh so this might be a pull the seat box affair? Might be an opportunity to look for other rust. Ok what is involved in pulling a seat box?

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Old December 21st, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Floor plates, transmission tunnel, cubby box, all out.

lots of (usually rusted up) 10mm bolts (angle grinder is handy here, or air rattle gun... just do them up tight until they shear, much quicker)

maybe some sealer between the panels if the vehicle was assembled with any care.... so if it's factory fresh, then that'll be a "no" :-)

Seatbelt lower catches too, they bolt through the seatbox (well, they do on UK spec, not sure about NAS)
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Old December 21st, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Floor plates, transmission tunnel, cubby box, all out.

lots of (usually rusted up) 10mm bolts (angle grinder is handy here, or air rattle gun... just do them up tight until they shear, much quicker)

maybe some sealer between the panels if the vehicle was assembled with any care.... so if it's factory fresh, then that'll be a "no" :-)

Seatbelt lower catches too, they bolt through the seatbox (well, they do on UK spec, not sure about NAS)
This is an 83 ROW model that was somewhat restored before it came over. Hummmmm so is this doable in a weekend?

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Yeah, as long as you've got all the bits to hand then it's do-able.

you can buy the replacement battery box sections (from Land Rover or from aftermarket companies here in the UK... probably europe-wide too) but by the time you've fannied around getting them sent over, you might as well just get some 1.6mm steel sheet bent up into a "box" shape and weld it up yerself.
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I would get one of these aluminum ones, http://www.yrm-metal-solutions.co.uk...y-box-13-p.asp or build your own out of aluminum and avoid the steel problems.
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I would get one of these aluminum ones, http://www.yrm-metal-solutions.co.uk...y-box-13-p.asp or build your own out of aluminum and avoid the steel problems.
Interesting, it is aluminum and it won't rust but it will corrode. HOWEVER I could GunKote that like it is kool and it would be very well protected.

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Aluminium, at least that used on land rovers, will NOT corrode unless it is touching steel. The seat box problem, like everything else wrong or most everything else wrong with land rovers and corrosion, is because they put a steel (not galvanized) battery box on an aluminium seatbox. I bet you have aluminium corrosion too where they meet and behind the seat belt lower mount.
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Yep. Aluminum to aluminum with aluminum rivets and it will last forever.
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Aluminium, at least that used on land rovers, will NOT corrode unless it is touching steel. The seat box problem, like everything else wrong or most everything else wrong with land rovers and corrosion, is because they put a steel (not galvanized) battery box on an aluminium seatbox. I bet you have aluminium corrosion too where they meet and behind the seat belt lower mount.
Well if he uses a sealed battery he might not ever have problems but unless I slept through one too many chemistry classed (possible) acid is acid, no matter if it hits Al or steel its not gonna be good.
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You can disassemble and then line-x the battery boxes. Paint the seat boxes and then reassemble with sealer. This insulates the steel from the aluminum.
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Well if he uses a sealed battery he might not ever have problems but unless I slept through one too many chemistry classed (possible) acid is acid, no matter if it hits Al or steel its not gonna be good.
Well, battery acid will eat anything, but the standard set up corrodes the aluminium from contact with the steel and the steel rusts. Alum on alum is better. My ideal would be a galvanized steel box on alum as zinc and aluminium are not galvanicly active
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