SBCA96 Posted March 13, 2016 Report Share Posted March 13, 2016 As some of you may know I recently acquired my dads 1969 Avanti II after his death last year. The car wasoriginally from California, and now its back from a 20 year vacation in Michigan. It spent most of its time in agarage, years ago it received a 1989 Camaro TH700R4 that was in my 1960 Hawk, and sports my Avantis '63steering wheel (which will go into storage after I get a Grant replacement for it).The car has the factory Corvette 327 engine, which I got running after first getting a battery to sit under thehood in the factory location. Avantis are known for having blown out battery boxes, the box was molded intothe fiberglas fender and without enough bracing to handle the abuse. Most look like this by now ....with this piece no longer attached ...So the quest to fix this began. Many suggested to put the battery in the trunk, but I really didnt want to dealwith that effort, back where its supposed to go was best. Much fiberglass work was what I was told, but I didnot see a reason for it to be fiberglass, why not attach it better? I wanted to be sure that the mod would allowme to lower the body later to Studebaker height (by removing the spacers) after I visit the engine height. Soattaching to the FRAME was key. I also wanted to go to a side terminal GM style battery and get away fromthe top terminal setup.First was to get a battery tray .. I wanted one with some material attached to work with, this 1990's ChevySuburban looked like it would work nicely.Tom Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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