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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 05, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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how to hide battery cable

I'm relocating my battery to the trunk and would like some suggetions on how to run my battery cable to the starter. Can it be brought in from the rear or does it have to be brought in from the front of the block.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Apr 22nd, 05, 09:02 PM
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Re: how to hide battery cable

I ran mine down next to the rear wheel well and along the pass side channel. I found a bulkhead connector and located it down under the heater core box. Drilled though the floor panel. I terminate the positive on the interior side and on the engine side I connect a small + cable to the starter.Here is a couple of pics


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Re: how to hide battery cable

I also ran mine like 69vert, except I also ran the negative cable to the front. The bulkhead connectors are 1 1/4" diameter and can be ordered from Jegs/Summit for about $9 a piece plus S&H. For the wire I used two 13-14 foot runs of 2 gauge wire I picked up from

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Re: how to hide battery cable

I was able to put a 90 degree bend on the 1/0 cable end and had the wire routed rearward on top of the starter solenoid and then have it going through the firewall with a compression type of fitting so water doesn't get into the interior.
I had some old 3/4" braided stainless steel heater hoses laying around and was able to get the 1/0 wire inside of it to dress it up.
For the ground I used one of the transmission bellhousing bolts and also ran that wire directly back and through the firewall.
For the wire off of my alternator I routed it down under the headers and used a tapped hole on the block where the factory spark plug heatshields were bolted into and used rubber insulated clamps (Adel clamps) to hold it in place.

Here is a link to a shot of the alternator wire on mine. It's the bottom engine picture and in the picture it's the curved braided line above the A/C compressor and you can see one of the clamps below spark plugs #2 & 4).


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Re: how to hide battery cable

I ran my cables from the trunk through the floor in the trunk, and then simply followed the fuel line up the inside of the frame rail. The positive cable runs all the way up the frame rail to just behind the pass. side upper arm at which point it goes under the header and hooks directly to the starter. I have a FORD solenoid in the trunk so there is NO POWER going through that cable unless the engine is being started. The positive cable going to the starter is now the only wire hooked up to the starter.

The ground cable follows the positive cable from the trunk, up the frame rail until it reaches the transmission cross-member at which point it cuts over and bolts to one of the bolts on the tail shaft of the transmission. No need to take it any further forward as everything on the engine is now grounded properly, and I also have another ground strap in the trunk running from the negative side of the battery to the metal hinge support. In the engine compartment, I have the ground straps going from the body to the block in hidden, out of sight places.

Using the Ford solenoid in the trunk really adds a good level of protection in that the cable to the battery is only charged during cranking. I run the charging wire from the alternator directly to the junction block on the firewall (also hidden) and then a wire from the junction block back to the battery for charging.

The cable I used to run from the battery to the starter is 1/0 fine stranded copper welding cable. This set up seems to work very well. Having the battery in the trunk, and hiding all wiring under the hood really cleans up the engine compartment, and also adds in weight placement right over that rear tire!

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