more pics of where this will approximately sit in the car, and attaching it to the trunk extension panel, as well as the leftover pieces from my original tail panel I reccycled into the battery box, and a brace I made for the frame rail to help support the weight of the battery. I also boxed in the middle of the frame rail for additional strength.
It was suggested to me to build a battery box in the trunk extension area. I liked the idea of it- so below is the beginnings of that. I started building a basic box slightly larger than the dimensions Optima has on their website. Only I didn't leave myself enough material so I had to add a bit more. (Math never was my strong suit)
I was able to get back in the garage yesterday and add the bottom to my battery tray, as well as recycle the last of my original tail panel- I saved the pieces in between the tail lights. I used these as supports for the bottom of my battery tray box. I also made a frame rail brace, and boxed in the frame in that area. I also worked on trimming the trunk extension panel to make room for the battery box.
Of course, my Eastwood welder pooped out on me (will deal with that this week), but I still have my Miller so I continued working with that for the day. Hopefully I can get more time in next weekend.
I made some progress this weekend on the inner wheel well. It's pretty much wrapped up, and the next project will be the trunk extension. Everything was going great until around 3 something this afternoon when a neighbor called the cops on me to complain about the noise. Apparently, there's a "no power tools" ordinance in my town- which is geared towards construction. The officer was very friendly and seemed to like my project, explained to me that a project like mine is a grey area as it's not really construction, so the complaining neighbor, who wished to remain anonymous, would have to press charges and take me to court. bleech....
I also ran out of welding gas, but, at least I was able to get through the day. Coincidentally, I'll be busy the next month so they'll get their quiet, just not for the reasons they think... Pics attached.