Re: Negative Cable Question
"Laurie S." <email@example.com> wrote in message
> When my fastback was being wired, the negative battery cable was routed
> along the subframe connectors to the rear of the car. It's still attached
> with cable ties only. My thought is that it's neither the safest way to do
> this or a long-term solution.
> I have a trunk-mounted battery (on the passenger side) and it's connected
> to the negative cable with a short cable that attaches to a bolt on the
> tiedown bracket. The positive cable runs down inside through the door
> sill area and along the underside of the rear quarter.
> Last weekend, I started to secure the cable to the rear frame rail with
> insulated clamps that I bought from Summit. Is there any problem that I'm
> overlooking with attaching the clamps to the floor pan and moving the
> cable up and off the subframes? I have loads of interior floor padding, so
> the screws won't stick through. I was thinking of running the cable along
> the floor pan in alignment with the subframe connectors to hide it a bit.
> I don't want to drill holes in the subframes, but I've also been
> cautioned about drilling holes in the floorpan.
> Also, I'm noticing that as I secure the cable, I need less length. Is
> there any way to shorten the existing cable, and if not, where is the best
> place to get one at the length I need? It looks like it will be 6-8 inches
> too long by the time I'm finished.
> It's been suggested to me that I don't need the long cable, but to just
> use the frame rail for the ground. However, someone with big block
> experience said that it's not enough to crank a BB and that I should stick
> with the long cable.
> Advice, please?
I concur with Mike about the long negative cable. However we live in the
vicinity of Rustville, your Arizona car might not be as big an issue but It
wouldn't do you any harm.
As for the cable length, what I did when we ran cables for Ed's '68 Cougar,
I borrowed a "lug crimper" from my electrician brother and cut the cable to
the length I needed and measured and crimped it on. At the battery we used
marine cable ends that have a wing nut on them for quick disconnection.
> Laurie S.
> Thunder Snake #7