From: Rick Martinez
Date: 03 Jun 2001
While repairing my battery box, I had an idea. Well, first, right now it looks much like swiss cheese after I have removed the previous owners repair job. It had fiberglass, metal patches, and all covered in some asphalt/rubber sealant. Whoever said that when 'glassing you have to be weary of water getting between the layers was right. The previous repair just made it easy for more rust to occur by allowing for water to seep and sit. I'm going to repair it with this new rust stopper/inhibitor paint that is all the rage with restorers. It's called POR-15. Just paint it on. You can even put paint fiberglass matte in to strengthen, which I need of course.
Which brings me to my question. I was thinking that even after I repair this thing, it may not be all that strong for the 30+ lbs and acid of a battery. So, I was thinking about relocating my battery to the hatch area. Has anyone done this? How'd it work? I was thinking about the spare tire space since I don't have one right now. PO didn't get a 5-bolt spare after converting?