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Jake Gets a New Battery Cover

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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted March 17, 2015 - 07:08 AM

From what I can tell in the parts pics, Jacobsen used wood blocks above and below the battery with a metal cover.

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Considering this and the fact the battery would not fit all the way down on the frame, I built a steel lower platform when I first got the tractor. Yesterday, I wanted to finish this off with a cover, but I had made the lower platform too tall. I did a little investigating and found I could move the dash panel forward in the slotted holes in the frame. So I loosened the bolts holding the dash in place and slid it forward. This allowed me to rework the platform so it set the battery 3/4" above the frame just like a wood block would do. I added two 1/4" coupling nuts to the sides of the platform for some all-thread to screw into, thus holding things secure. The first 3 pics show the platform before I reworked it. I also saw an issue (first pic, center right) with a washer that could rub into the battery case, so I had added a plate between it and the battery.

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I'll get a pic or 2 of the platform after rework today.

The top 'board' is a piece of the composite deck board. I used my little laminate trimmer and gouged out areas for the posts to fit into. Figured that would keep the metal cover from making contact with them. I also added 2 layers of 1/4" wood strips to allow some clearance for the vent caps on the battery.

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Here is what it looks like in the tractor.

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A little paint, a couple all threads, and some wing nuts will finish it off.


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 10:32 AM

Here's the reworked lower platform.

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I'm thinking about putting a coat of Flex Seal on this. Don't know if it might help protect from the battery acid or not.

 


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 04:55 PM

Nice job! Is the whole tractor getting a repaint eventually? Or will it be wearing it's work clothes?


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 04:57 PM

Nice fab work.


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 05:08 PM

Nice job! Is the whole tractor getting a repaint eventually? Or will it be wearing it's work clothes?

It would be nice to get some paint on it at some point! It's work clothes are pretty tattered!


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Posted March 17, 2015 - 06:44 PM

Looks nice!
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Posted March 26, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Here's an update! I covered the inside metal with Black Flex-Seal. After the pics, I put several coats of Self-Etching primer on the top of the cover. I'm hoping to hide some of the dents from forming it.

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Posted March 26, 2015 - 05:42 PM

Looking good Kenny. :thumbs:







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