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Old 02-02-2004, 08:36 PM
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Remote jumper & charging terminal

The battery in my '32 is under the floor of the rider side seat and accessible by taking out the seat and opening a little trap door. Nifty hide-a-way but quite inconvenient for charging the battery or jumping in an emergency. I could probably charge or jump by hooking onto the positive wire at the solenoid and the negative to the frame ground but the starter is impossible to reach without jacking up the car. So I'm trying to figure out a better system.

Does anyone make some sort of remote terminal set up or how might I best create remote terminals in a more accessible spot for charging and jumping? I've never seen such a setup on a rod but I'm sure somebody has come up with a clever solution.

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Old 02-02-2004, 09:22 PM
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If you do install a remote terminal, make sure that it is well insulated from the chassis, and that it has a rubber or plastic cover on it to prevent a short. Don't need any fires.
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You could mount some welder connectors some place that is easy to get to and make up a set of cables to plug in to it. But I think your best bet would be to pick up a set of heavy duty power connectors like these. I copied these of the Warn site, but you can get these from most parts stores
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Old 02-03-2004, 06:37 AM
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Xtreme,

Does the quick connect bolt right on the battery terminals and then the "connector" end mount somewhere where I could easily plug the two "connector" ends together? The pic is a tad small for me to see the detail - but that's what it looks like.

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Another option would be to install one (positive) or two bulkhead battery connectors. I used one on the firewall of my truck. They are small, cheap, and unobtrusive.

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You can buy just the connector and add a lengh of cable to it. I've used jumper cables and just cut off the ends. Connect one end of the cable directly to the battery and the other end to the connector and mount it in a convenient location, like in the trunk,under the hood..etc.
Then you can take a 2nd connector and make a set of jumper cables for boosting and charging.
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Old 02-04-2004, 03:52 PM
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Thanks to all for the good ideas and hardware to use. I think I have a pretty good idea in mind now how to make it look presentable and get the job done.

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you can also jump and charge by hooking up to the battery lead of your alternator and a ground. If you are jumping off another car the voltage regulator in that car will keep the current flow low enough so you don't burn up wire to battery, let your battery charge for several minutes so you don't pull starting current through alt. to battery wire. DO NOT USE A BOOSTER BOX FOR THIS it will put a lot of current to the battery all at once and burn up the alt. to battery wire.
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Plymouthrules,

Could a typical battery charger (not a booster box) be attached at the alternator in order to charge the battery? Would it charge any slower than hooking direct to the battery terminals. Any risk of melting the lead to the alternator?

Also, does it make any difference whether the ground is to the engine block or to the frame?
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No problem at all for the alternator wiring. The alternator is putting out anywhere from 40 amps up to over a 100 amps, and the wiring won't even care that a 10 amp charger is there. Also, if the ground is good between the engine and frame, it will not matter where you hook up the charger ground wire.

I have a set of body-through mounts on the race car that are somewhat similar to the ones listed above, but instead of having a bolt for wiring on the outside, it has a large brass smooth stud for grabbing on to with the jumper cable clamp. I looked through Summit, but couldn't find any for sale. I suppose that you could thread something over the bolt studs to protect the threads from any arcing.
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lust4speed is right, you can hook to the Alt. with a battery charger or a jumper cable. the charger will not put out enough current to hurt the wiring, using a set of jumper cables also will not hurt the wiring. but a booster box puts its full current boost to this wire all at once.=toasted wire.
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Allmost all new Mercedes benz cars have a setup similar to what you are talking about because of where the battery is mounted in them. They have a stud that is attached to the body for ground, and a box with a cover with a flat brass plate in it that is hooked to the battery that you clip the jumper cable to. I priced out the box for the positive at a local Mercedes dealer and it is $18.90. It is for a 2000 E320 model. Hope this helps, it looks really clean being covered up. I can take pictures of the setup in the car if you want.
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subman,

Yes, a pic would be great. I don't a think there is a Mercedes dealer within 200 miles of where I live but maybe I could find the part on the web somewhere.
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