You could call it the Mustang Restomod Revolution. This movement isn’t anything new, but has surely been evolving at a continuous clip for 25 years. We call it that because a lot has changed over the past 30 years. During the ’80s, stock, original, and restored to strict Mustang Club of America (MCA) judging standards was the order of the day. Modifying a classic Mustang was considered “politically incorrect” before anyone ever heard of this trendy buzz phrase. However during the ’90s, enthusiasts began letting their hair down one by one, signaling the beginning of the restomod revolution.
Scott Drake is one of the aftermarket companies that has been more on top of the Restomod movement. Drake produces all kinds of cool dress-up goodies for classic Mustangs and Fords. We’re installing Drake’s new billet battery tray on the Mustangs & Fast Fords OC (MFFOC) Showroom II convertible project in Santa Ana, California. This is a deliciously cool modification you can make in minutes, which makes your battery stand out with crisp lines while keeping your dynamo secure. Let’s get started.
Check out the new billet aluminum battery tray for classic Mustangs. This is a nice piece you can install in about one hour.
The first order of business is to disconnect and remove the battery, of course. The Mustang’s factory battery tray isn’t much to look at, especially if you’re building a show car. This stamped steel tray is easy to remove and replace using only a 1/2-inch box-end or socket. Good advice is to make sure you have a healthy battery to begin with that won’t leak acid all over your new billet aluminum battery tray.
You’re going to need a 5/8-inch socket to loosen the front bumper bracket to gain access to the battery tray’s support bolts at the inner fender apron. No need to remove the bumper bracket, just loosen it to reach the batter tray. A 1/2-inch box-end wrench handles the battery support bracket bolts.
Remove the battery bracket bolts using a 1/2-inch box end wrench, as shown.
The stock battery tray is removed from the inner fender apron.
We laid out our Drake billet aluminum battery tray kit across a towel to be sure all the parts are accounted for. This is an easy-to-install kit that takes about an hour. Paul Gammerino of MFFOC assembles the tray, which is configured exactly like the stock tray. Transfer the nutplate clips from the original battery tray to the Drake.
The Mustang’s inner fender apron is rust-free and ready for the Drake aluminum tray. Got any rust issues with your inner fender apron? Now is the time to correct them.
We like the Drake billet tray for its tasteful fasteners, which are countersunk into the aluminum plate. The nuts fasten from underneath. Otherwise, these countersunk Allen screws thread directly into the apron.
This is a nice piece, installed and ready for final assembly, which includes the clamp towers.
We screwed the Allen studs into the tray and towers to these studs. It is a good idea to use a thread locker like Loctite on these studs.
The lowers are screwed onto the studs, as shown, and tightened.
The completed billet battery tray installation should look like this. We’re using a Group 24 battery, which is taller than the towers. Allen screws retain the top bracket.