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White trash battery clamp

The submitter wrote:  “This is from my 1965 Ford Mustang. The original clamping method relied on the fact that batteries of the time had a small plastic ledge on the side of them. This modern battery had no such ledge so I bungee’d it like this for about a month while I sourced/built an updated clamp assembly. Worked great!”

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9 Comments to White trash battery clamp

  1. Not special at all nor unique. Fail.

  2. Carlos Sanchez on August 31st, 2010
  3. Most cars made by Ford in Australia in the 70s and 80s had those clamps that relied on batteries having a manufactured edge, which made it a pain in the arse when most of the battery manufacturers stopped making them. They also relied on having holes drilled thru the terminals for a bolt to run thru to support the minor wiring, instead of just a round clamp with a riser bracket like the rice burners had. I think Ford must have had a friend in the battery business and made it that way so he could charge more for the specialised batteries with the holes, naturally Ford fitted two diferent size bolts for the positive and negative posts so if you were drilling your own you had to use two diferent drill bits. Only Ford could come up with that system.

  4. Jim diGris on August 31st, 2010
  5. careful of the positive post,it could easily be grounded out on the side of the car.

  6. Allard on August 31st, 2010
  7. Most OEM battery clamps suck. I took the clamp off of my last two vehicles and never had a problem with either.

  8. the dark ferret on August 31st, 2010
  9. he’s right , the older cars need the lip on the battery to hold them in place ,I do the same thing on my 51 GMC holding my battery in place ,works just fine

  10. Darius on September 2nd, 2010
  11. Who hasn’t bungee’d a battery at somer point!

  12. apkl on September 2nd, 2010
  13. I have done this many times. What also works is to simply let the wires themselves hold the battery in place.

  14. jerryjbalmer on September 4th, 2010
  15. right now there is a green bungee cord holding the battery in my jeep! rock on!

  16. tina on October 2nd, 2010
  17. My newer batteries still have the lip on them. That was the simplest battery hold down ever, never in the way, but good and solid. Wish they were all like that.

  18. blah on January 1st, 2011

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