||At some point along here I got started on the rear battery
rack. I had originally planned on a double layer affair with the
upper rack mounted on heavy duty drawer glides to allow access to the lower
rack. This proved unnecessary, as GM recommended mounting the batteries
on end, which allowed them to all be installed in one compact block.
It did mean I would have to make the interconnects for the lower post from
under the car, so the rear battery rack has a slatted floor to allow access.
I had the batteries in and out of it about a zillion times getting it all
figured out. Welding this thing together was a royal pain, but I
only had to do it twice. Once it was in, I welded a sheet steel skin
in around the sides to enclose it. Once again the touch-up paint
blended it right in.
As you see, with this design there was no
space between the batteries at all. It is probable that this caused
the batteries to overheat. This may have contributed to the eventual
failure of these batteries.