I just installed some correct for 1964 spring ring terminal cables for my battery and thought some fresh pictures were in order.
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The upper grill support bar should have a raised bracket with welded nut to secure the hold down bracket from the top via a bolt.Also the shop manual refers to 2 hold down screws under battery removal and installation.
Doug's has been the first 63 I've seen with solid top on the upper grill support bar bracket with hold down bracket lip underneath it. There is definite a possibility they changed designs within the year.
Here is what I've seen on my 11 1963 Parts cars:
The front bracket on the hold down bar, looks like it sits on top of the core support bracket.
Here is the McVeys link for the 63 style: http://www.mcveys.com/parts/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=138&idcate...
and installed on the car:
Doug, just read your reply. The 63 battery hold down clam, on the front of the car, looks different. On the cars I have parted out, and my own 2 cars, there is a nut plate on the front bracket.
Since Mcveys is producing the correct size, I will try to modify theirs to fit a regular new battery.
Ted, McVey's is showing they still carry the hold down bracket ($49). Here's the link and picture: http://www.mcveys.com/parts/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=139&idcate...
The top piece including the S shaped rod and the end side hold down brackets are one piece. A long J bolt goes up through it with a washer and wing nut. I bought all of my hold down hardware from McVeys probably 10 years ago. I believe he still sales this. I sometimes get these in on parts cars but very rare. I think I might have a side J bolt but that's going to be about it right now. I can get some measurements on the top end hold down brackets if you want to try and make your own.
Jason, I see the "S" bracket and side hooks for sale. is the black bracket closer to the fender available? If not are dimensions available to try and fabricate one?
Doug, I would like to make a bracket for a newer battery. Detailed pics would be great.
Russ, My message got sent before I finished what I was going to say. I can take detailed photos of either or both 63 battery brackets that I have, or if you are planning on making one that fits a new style battery (wider) I would be glad to send the bracket that I have for you to use as a model if I can get it back. I may need to use it again in the future so want to hang on to it.
Are you wanting one to fit a new style battery that is wider or the Type 60 battery like the original. I have brackets that fit both?
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