I have new steering clutch disc ordered so while I'm waiting for them, I decided to make a small modification to the battery box.
I should have taken some photos of the box before I took it off the crawler but I didn't think about it in time.
The box is mounted on top of the transmission where the hydraulic pump normally sat.
This is the best photo that I have of it.
With the box removed, you can see the hole in the top of the transmission where the gear for the hydraulic pump extended down to mesh with a gear in the transmission.
The battery box is also the cover to seal off this hole.
The transmission has a round hole that goes up all the way thru the transmission.
I formed a steel tube to mount over that hole and angle up to bolt onto the side of the battery box and ran my wires up thru it.
Here is the side of the battery box where that tube bolts on.
There use to be a light mounted on the side just to the left of where the tube bolts on,
I moved it forward a little and blocked off the old hole with a small square piece of metal.
This light is to light up the oil and water gauges that are mounted under the gas tank.
With the light in the old position, the wires ran over the top of the battery and I would have to remove the light anytime I wanted to take the battery out.
You can see the pocket where the battery sets in the center of the box and the light wires are now in front of it so it will no longer have to be removed to switch the battery.
There are still wires that run over the battery but they have disconnect terminals on them and can be easily moved out of the way.
Along with the battery, this box holds the starter and headlight switches, the amp gauge and the starter solenoid.
There is a fuse mounted on the front panel ( in between the amp gauge and the the headlight switch ) that is accessible from the outside so I do not have to remove the top cover to change a fuse.
On the right side of the box is a stainless steel terminal that is hooked to the positive post on the battery.
This way I can hook up a battery charger or use the crawler to jump another tractor with out having to pull the top cover off.
Edited by jdcrawler, September 05, 2012 - 10:57 PM.