MY72BUG
After hearing so many stories about floors rotting out under batteries and seat springs contacting battery terminals I arrived at a simple solution which anyone can adapt.  Check out any store which sells marine supplies or trailer hardware.  They all stock a variety of hard plastic battery boxes.  I actually inherited one from my in-laws so the whole procedure was even simpler at my end.  After a few judicious cuts and modifications, I affixed the battery box to its location under the seat.  The terminals are protected by the very durable top and the whole works is bolted down right through the floor.  A simple solution for an old problem.   Try it.   Dan (MY72BUG) in Goderich
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ryen74
Mine is the same way. I think it is a great addition.
Ryen
"Arizona dreamin'"
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Ryan
I've been using one since I did my pans a few years ago.  I will make one suggestion though, make sure the box is very well ventilated because you really don't want it filling up with Hydrogen gas and going kaboom.  --Ryan
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68autobug
 
All the auto shops sell them over here
 
they aren't expensive either...
 
I use the batteries that don't have plugs
 
and i don't want any gases inside My beetle anyway...
 
If I was using one of those battery boxes I would seal it up so no gases could escape....    lol
 
I always have a thick rubber mat over the top of My battery
from one side of the car to the other
 
its actually sound proofing material..
 
plus My battery terminals are recessed....
 
cheers
 
LEE
 

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MY72BUG
The gaps where I cut the box to allow the cables access are big enough to allow any hydrogen to escape.  I will also be clued in if the kids start talking in Donald Duck mode.  I have seen hydrogen at its best when two guys where I work were trying to boost a Diesel Rabbit in the - 35 C a few years back.  Connect the good battery last says I.  It doesn't make a difference, says they.  Kaboom says the battery.  "Oh the humanity" says I.   Dan (MY72BUG) in Goderich
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ryen74
I bought an Optima battery to get rid of the gas problem. It was more expensive but I would rather not have the chance.
Ryen
"Arizona dreamin'"
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Ryan
Just a heads up Lee, even the sealed battery will leak hydrogen gas.  The only ones that won't are the 'gel' type that ryan74 is talking about.
Plus I hope you're joking about sealing the box, the spark sets if off is usually at the battery terminal when corrosion sets in.  --Ryan

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jmlloar

To solve the seat spring contact problem I used a batt for a 80's ford escort. they are shorter than the standard one, Gives me about 2 inches more clearance. between the top of batt and bottom of seat.

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