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Battery Tray Position 72 Mach 1
#1
Battery tray was gone and the battery area rusted away when I got my 72 Mach.
I got a new battery tray and it fits and positions the battery very much along the fender.  The battery is at an angle, not straight inline like my 67 stang.
Obviously this must be correct.?

Can someone tell me how close the battery tray should be to the radiator support?  How far forward?
Like 1/2" or something, just so the battery fits in and clears?

Thanks


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(11-08-2018, 06:17 PM)andy72 Wrote: Battery tray was gone and the battery area rusted away when I got my 72 Mach.
I got a new battery tray and it fits and positions the battery very much along the fender.  The battery is at an angle, not straight inline like my 67 stang.
Obviously this must be correct.?

Can someone tell me how close the battery tray should be to the radiator support?  How far forward?
Like 1/2" or something, just so the battery fits in and clears?

Thanks

Maybe these will help...from a 73 Mach 1.


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#3
I can't tell from your picture but I am guessing you may need a new Battery Tray Support Bracket too. There is a guy who makes and sells them on eBay. A very nice piece. Here is a thread t to it.... https://www.7173mustangs.com/thread-batt...ttery+tray

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runninpony 
andy72,

I have an original battery support bracket that was taken out of my 71. It still is in very nice shape, if you want you can have it, pm me!

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#5
I just replaced my battery tray last weekend. The front bolt was rust-welded to the inner fender. The tray collapsed around the bolt so I was able to remove it, but it left a 2 inch hole right in the inner fender. The front bolt was still there, so I had to drill a hole thru it trying to get it loose. I ended up threading the hole thru the bolt and grinding it down and putting the new smaller bolt thru the old one. Its a ghetto fix, but it will do till I replace or repair the inner fender. That part always seems to rust thru from all the battery acid. You should see the core support in my Bronco. It looks like I dumped 10 gallons of acid on it. Another big project for some time in the future.

I can do some measurements for you on the battery tray when I get home if that helps. and a picture or 2. The location of the battery tray though is dictated by the support plate that @Rackerm linked above. That plate welds on or bolts on to the inner fender.
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#6
Here is a pic of an original 73 Mach 1 had the big battery since it had P.W., rear window defrost and such.
I can get measurements but battery tray is useless without the reinforcement that has the places to bolt the tray.
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#7
The new tray I bought from NPD is a complete unit.  Support bracket and tray.  That's how I was able to set it in place and notice that it does position itself right along the inner fender wall. 

I just want to know how far forward it is to be placed from the radiator support?  The pictures with just the holes or pictures where I can't see the front edge of the tray in
relation to the radiator support aren't really a help.

A picture of the front edge of the tray at the radiator support would help...
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(11-10-2018, 10:58 AM)andy72 Wrote: The new tray I bought from NPD is a complete unit.  Support bracket and tray.  That's how I was able to set it in place and notice that it does position itself right along the inner fender wall. 

I just want to know how far forward it is to be placed from the radiator support?  The pictures with just the holes or pictures where I can't see the front edge of the tray in
relation to the radiator support aren't really a help.

A picture of the front edge of the tray at the radiator support would help...
 Thanks

NPD Does not sell the battery support bracket referenced in this thread. This support bracket is a separate piece from the battery tray that NPD sells, and is welded to the outer side of the fender apron. As David stated in his post, this bracket has the cage nuts in it that the battery tray bolts to.  Without this bracket you will need to provide some other way to attach the battery tray. See the picture I provided earlier in this thread.
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#9
I didn’t known someone made these, I looked and couldn’t fine them. I made mine from 14 gauge.
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#10
It took me a second to figure out what you guys were communicating...
Here's my tray that I got from NPD, the only one they sell...
It has built in support leg that goes down to bolt through...
I thought you were suggesting the battery tray is a flat piece and the support leg is a separate piece...

So, there's a piece that goes on the OUTSIDE...?
I guess mine was totally eaten away so I didn't realize...

Why can't I just bolt in what I got from NPD?
Is the battery weight to much and this area needs additional support?

Any thoughts?
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