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Old 09-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #1
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New Battery Cover

We have the dual 6V batteries in our front storage box. The factory supplied plywood cover is perfectly adequate, but I occasionally knocked the retaining rods out of the slots with all the clutter I keep in there. I made up a new one of thin birch plywood, varnished, and drilled two holes instead of the slots. This way it takes a few seconds more to remove the cover, but the hold-down screws stay in place.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:38 AM   #2
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Thank you...I have exactly the same problem and will copy your solution.

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Old 09-09-2013, 08:34 PM   #3
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Great solution! AND, it doesn't just apply to an Escape with a front box... but any brand that the owners put a tongue box in the front. Cool beans!
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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Last summer I did something similar retaining the original plywood cover and adding a 2" plywood strap with holes on top to retain the bolts in place. I also cut down the length of the bolts so the tops would not snag things as I passed then under the aluminum bars above the batteries. Made a big difference.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:20 PM   #5
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It's easy to apply a small amount of adhesive to two 1/4" fender washers and install the glued side facing the OE plywood. Glued fender washer, rubber washer, flat washer, and then wing nut.
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