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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Sep 17th, 12, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Battery cable length for a 68.

I am getting ready to purchase pre-made battery cables from MAD electrical to mount my battery in the trunk......

So, I have two choices....I can crawl under the car and measure them.....or, make it alittle easier....ask someone who has already done it......

I know lots of folks here have moved their battery, so someone should know how long each cable is........

I am going to order both a POS and NEG cable........

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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

Off the top of my head

I think the + was 13'-15'
The - was about 18"

But, I did run the + to a cut-off switch, a Ford solenoid, and then to the starter.

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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

I am going to use the same set-up with the solenoid that MAD recommends....
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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

Why not make your own? That way they'll be perfect. There's no guarantee that you'll run it exactly like someone else did.


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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

I thought about making my own...but I want to make sure the terminals are installed good...I do not have a crimping tool for 1 guage terminals, and do not have a soldering iron big enough to heat them to solder them......

Considering the length of the Pos cable, and the potiential voltage drop, I just want to make sure the connections are as good as they can be....
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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

This is an easy method. I recommend attaching the bench vise to the bench, though.



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Off the top of my head

I think the + was 13'-15'
The - was about 18"

But, I did run the + to a cut-off switch, a Ford solenoid, and then to the starter.
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This is an easy method. I recommend attaching the bench vise to the bench, though.
This is exactly what I did. I made 5 or 6 cables like this. You just need a propane torch, some solder plugs, terminals and a heavy duty wire cutter.

It will be much cleaner than ending up with a foot or two of extra cable that you have to tuck somewhere.


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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

Nice video.....what is the source for the terminals, pellets, etc....?
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I got mine at the place that did the video. http://www.delcity.net/ I also ran across pretty much the same deal at my local hardware store. (really good hardware store) but I could not find the triple wall heat shrink tube locally.


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Thanks...

Did you get your cable there also....It comes in25' rolls, I do not need that much.
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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

I used 1/0 welding cable purchased locally (welding supply store)

MAD electrical sells cable that has better insulation than welding cable. I think he sells it by the foot.


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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

I am leaning towards the MAD electrical.....but man, it is sooooooo difficult to get in touch with him.....

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Re: Battery cable length for a 68.

Ok....so I spoke to Mark at M.A.D. electrical.....REALLY knows his stuff about electrical systems.....

For general info: He no longer sells battery cable or terminals.

Recommends 1/0 AWG (welding or battery ) cable. He also pointed out that the terminals should be crimped on, and that will suffice; but if soldered on, crimp them first. If a short occurs, and the cable over heats, a solder connection could melt and then the cable comes loose.....and you have a live cable hanging fee.....If you crimp them first, even if a short occurs and solder melts, the connection is still good.

Also....He has not updated his website in a LONG time...prices listed have doubled!

His website states that he does not accept Credit cards for orders.....he does.
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