Thursday, September 8, 2011
Mounting The Batteries
I recently acquired a 230Amp welder off of ksl for $120. It even came with 40 lbs of welding rod and a welding hood. Nice!
I bought some angled and flat pieces of steel and starting cutting them up to make a battery tray that would hold 4 golf cart batteries in the front of the engine compartment.
I welded the pieces together, grinded them smooth, primed them and painted them. The angled edges hold the batteries fairly securely and prevent them from shifting around. A foam piece pressed against the hood of the truck finishes off the mount. Here's a video of me cutting and welding the battery tray.
These larger trays mount in the front of the truck bed close to the cab.
I went to Costco to price out golf cart batteries. You can buy Trojan batteries for $149 each plus core charge. Costco had an equivalent capacity battery for only $79. I bought 14 of them on the spot and another 6 a week later. I found a 50 foot length of 00 welding cable on Ebay for $155, and built up all the cables needed to connect all 20 golf cart batteries in series.