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356C battery box question

#1 Post by dave menche » Thu Aug 20, 2009 3:37 pm

On my 356C coupe we are rebuilding the batterybox floors , sides, and rear. we have no referance for how deep the floor should be. should the floor extend below the level of the torsion tube mounts or be flush? this is a C car.

also the car has the heater bulge in the left side battery box wall. how close should the floor be to the bulge. the bulge has a flange around it , does the floor interfere with the bottom of the flange? On mine the bottom of the flange has about half its width cut away, not sure if this should be like that or not

Can anyone please supply photos of the interior of the battery box floor, and walls, . really could use photo of interior and exterior (under fender) of the heater bulge. and also a front on view of the nose to get an idea of how far if any the battery box might hang down. it would be best for photos to come from an original no-crash car. mine had old collision repair, so it is hard to reference.

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#2 Post by Dan Macdonald » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:32 pm

Here's the battery area of my '65 C coupe. Hope that helps.
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#3 Post by dave menche » Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:46 pm

thanks for the photos. do you have any of the driver side that show the heater bulge well? If you can stick the camera down in there that would be great, so we can geta battery eye view of the driver side wall.

also a photo of the inner wheel well front driver side would be helpful. if this could show the hieght difference between torsion bar mount bottom and the battery floor level that would be of big help


also is any one near by to me with a clean 356C car i may look at? I am interested in taking a few tape measurements, and some photos of the battery box/front end. my entire nose and battery box is in process of collision repair. the blue prints we have do not cover all that we need. if a local 356C owner will let me take a few measurements and photos of a non-damaged car that would be great.
I am in Redwood City, CA

thanks
dave

PS shop where car is at is in Pleasanton, so any local person there could be helpful too.

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#4 Post by Adam McMeans » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:17 am

I recently rebuilt the battery box...and a whole lot more! Take a peek...

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#5 Post by Adam McMeans » Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:24 am

Oh ya...I work in Pleasanton, and when the sun shines I often have #129333 with me. PM me :wink:
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thanks

#6 Post by dave menche » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:07 am

Adam. PM is sent, hope to connect with you today. thanks, the photos are a big help.

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#7 Post by Phil Planck » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:56 pm

Here are some pictures of Foam Car's (T6B)battery area. Can also get you dimensions as needed. Best way would be to post a marked up picture of what you need.
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Re: 356C battery box question

#8 Post by Matt Kreeve » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:05 am

is the bulge / indent in the frunk of a European C for the German / Swedish heater system? ie the opposite side from the battery ie the left side of the frunk when sitting in the car.
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Re: 356C battery box question

#9 Post by Doug McDonnell » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:18 am

No it makes space for the optional BN4 gas heater.
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Re: 356C battery box question

#10 Post by Geoff Fleming » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:05 pm

Matt,
The heater system you are thinking about is also known as the 'European' heater but as you mention, was mandated for use in Germany and Sweden, ( perhaps other Euro countries), in 1963. It uses very large heat exchangers and the air is taken from the front of the fan shroud, via a 'snout' and sent through the system. It is a 'fresh air' heater..well, pretty much. These are very effective, as the exchangers have three bends of exhaust that produce heat compared to the single length on the more commonly seen system. No flapper boxes are used with the 'Euro' heater and a drawback is that it adds a lot of weight. The warm air is directed into the cockpit in the same way as the regular system, via on/off valves and short hose lengths into the cabin. The gas fired heater by Eberspacher sits in the trunk and sends the heat into the cabin through the adjustable flappers found on T-6 cars, both sides of the trunk.

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Re: 356C battery box question

#11 Post by Matt Kreeve » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:32 pm

Thank you Geoff and Doug!
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