Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
9/4/20 9:00 a.m.

Sometimes our classic cars don’t keep up well with modern times. While a lot of specific replacement parts like body panels, interior bits and trim pieces continue to be available in quality reproduction form, other more common wear-item needs like tires and batteries are, ironically, getting harder to find in the sizes we need.

Batteries can especially be a problem, as the sizes required by our classics are often no longer produced. Thanks to new battery sizes, many classic cars lack a properly fitting tie-down strap. As a result, many of them are running around with batteries that aren’t strapped down at all. 

This is downright dangerous—every battery should be properly secured. An unsecured one can come loose and short out, risking fire or explosion.

Installing a new battery into a classic doesn’t have to be hard. We recently fitted a new battery to our 1967 Jaguar XKE. When we got the replacement battery, it was the same length and width as the old battery; however, the new one was about two inches shorter. As a result, the factory battery hold-down would no longer fit. 

Since our car is not a concours queen that needs to remain 100 percent original, we quickly fabricated a safe and secure strap to hold the battery in place. Call this a quick way to make sure we’d be enjoying the XKE for years to come. 

While our strap would only fit a similar XKE, the procedure we used would apply to many other cars. It’s something you can easily do at home in an afternoon with only common hand tools.

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9/9/20 3:53 p.m.


What prevented you from just shortening the bolts or having new one made to adapt the lower profile battery in this case? 



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