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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 10:29 PM
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if the cables themselves can be cleaned and salvaged new ends is an option but they dont leave ya much extra length on factory cables to do this most times.

What I have done on both mine and moms trucks is made my own cabes and installed eye ends for 3/8 studs and installed group 31 batteries with posts . this way its easier to add wiring for stereo trailer hook ups ect .. but you have to check clearences to be sure they will fit under your hood or madify battery tray to fit them . on my 1984 they fit fine in factory trays .

another nice side to doing this is future repairs involve just the cable bad and not all in the case of the funny double pos cable ford uses

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Hey guys,fixed my battery problem,thanks for all the input.I replaced the battery terminals with 3/8 eye ends which I soldered on with 60/40 rosin based solder.Could not find 100 % lead wire so had to go with the 60/40.I will go to the store and get some vasaline petroleum jelly to put on the post to prevent corrosion.Thanks again for all the help,as you can see I used ideas from different post to fix the cables at the cost of around 20 bucks.That sure beats spending 120 dollars to achieve the same results. :Thumbup:
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I'm going to have to kindly dissagree w/ the "go to NAPA & buy some cable by the foot" posts. My experiance w/ auto parts store battery cable is that it's cheap junk that won't hold up over the long term.

IMHO going to a welding supply store & buying some insulated leed wire is much better. have them mount the new battery terminals while you're there. They should be able to do it. No, it's not their normal line of business, but if they're worth thier salt, they'll know how to do it properly. Do this & I recon you'll never have batt cable problems again.
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