[ROVERNET - UK] Battery in Boot?

Gundry, Kenneth KG at dolby.com
Fri Sep 10 17:34:18 BST 2004

 My recollection is that up until the 1950s it was considered
undesirable to put the battery in the engine compartment because it
would get too hot, and perhaps because of a fire risk if the battery was
overcharged and gave off hydrogen.  In the 1920s it was common for it to
be in a box on the running board (as it is on my Rover).  In my father's
1934 Morris Cowley, there were two 6-volt batteries (in series to give
12 volts) under the seat cushions.  As late as the 1950s, the Mini's
battery was in the boot.  Incidentally, a short on a main battery cable
will probably cause a fire wherever the battery is mounted!

Ken G, 1925 Rover 16/50 (San Francisco)

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Subject: Re: [ROVERNET - UK] Battery in Boot?

After thinking about it, I would add another caution to Eric's.  My
first TR8 suffered a major fire from a dead short in the long battery
cable.  My present TR8 is a rebody using a '79 shell and, although I
have all the rear battery parts, I have never changed the battery to the
boot.  That fire was too painful.  If you do mount the boot battery,
install a battery switch in the positive cable....and use it.

Kent K.

--- Eric Russell <p6rovers at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Tom,
> My first career involved installing RADAR and depth sounders on both 
> deep sea ships, tug boats, and fishing boats.  The small craft were 
> fitted with a small AC generator run by the boats' DC batteries.
> It
> was always our objective to get the generator as close as we could to 
> the batteries to avoid voltage loss.
> I
> have now forgotten the mathematic formula to calculate the voltage 
> drop for a length of wire based upon its diameter.  Perhaps somebody 
> can help with that.
> I think it creates another variable for you with regard to starting 
> power but I thought I should give you a caution rather than just 
> reading and moving on.
> Eric

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