Close



Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1

    Default Motorcraft Battery Topper

    You see battery toppers for older cars but never for ones the age of ours.
    As most restorationists (not a word) know, I reproduced the top stickers years ago.
    And they can be printed for free from my website.
    Painting the battery and adding the stickers probably voids the warranty.

    Back in 2014 I decided to finish the project and make the raised lettering that is on the
    top of the battery. Well I cut out the letters and that was as far as I got.
    They have been kicking around my garage since then.
    So for my new battery I decided to make a topper.

    Cutting out the letters out of plastic is hard to do. If you have more patience than me you could
    do better. I made the base out of a plastic placemat and the letters are cut out of a plastic waste basket.
    Painted the base with cloth and vinyl paint, added the stickers and coated the whole thing with a matte clear.
    Some day I will add a proper "how to" to my site. But remember, it took me seven years to get this far!
    Lots of FREE F/Z info on my site.
    http://myzephyrs.com

  2. #2
    FEP Member 1986Saleen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Doin' Time in Leavenworth, Kansas
    Posts
    440

    Default

    Check your local craft and hobby stores for adhesive lettering. I was able to find something very close.
    Name:  84008361_3306495472715233_4659738081058862064_n.jpg
Views: 96
Size:  63.6 KB
    1986 Saleen #145
    now 50k miles - still 98% original.

    I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's ass about the clueless anymore.

    Previous: 79 Cobra, 82 GT, 83 GT, 85 Twister, 85.5 SVO, 86 GT, 87 GT, 91 Saleen, etc....

  3. #3

    Default

    That is awesome. More pics please! I'm one of those weirdos who cares what the battery looks like too. I hate how most brands do them in these bright (WRONG) colors now. It just looks stupid. At least Motorcraft batteries are still black.
    Brad

    '79 Mercury Zephyr ES 5.0L GT40 EFI, T-5
    '17 Ford Focus ST
    '14 Ford Fusion SE Manual

  4. #4

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 1986Saleen View Post
    Check your local craft and hobby stores for adhesive lettering. I was able to find something very close.
    That is really good. I will have to look into that. Do they have different sizes?

    At the Mercury Cougar-AMX Javelin show yesterday almost every Cougar had an Autolite Battery Topper installed. One AMX had an American Motors topper that looked like it was made in a 3D printer.

    I wrote up the "How To" for my Battery Topper and added it to my web site.
    You can get directly to it by clicking the picture below.

    Lots of FREE F/Z info on my site.
    http://myzephyrs.com

  5. #5
    FEP Member 1986Saleen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Doin' Time in Leavenworth, Kansas
    Posts
    440

    Default

    Some of the AMC / Mopar stuff comes from https://weskcar.com/
    They do some Ford vent caps & decals as well.
    1986 Saleen #145
    now 50k miles - still 98% original.

    I'm all for helping the helpless, but I don't give a rat's ass about the clueless anymore.

    Previous: 79 Cobra, 82 GT, 83 GT, 85 Twister, 85.5 SVO, 86 GT, 87 GT, 91 Saleen, etc....

  6. #6
    FEP Senior Member fascat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    Greensburg, PA
    Posts
    871

    Default

    Great job RED 78'. I had one of those Autolite battery toppers on my '69 Cougar when I had it. I always wondered if someone would eventually make one for these cars.

  7. #7

    Default

    Looks fantastic!
    Brad

    '79 Mercury Zephyr ES 5.0L GT40 EFI, T-5
    '17 Ford Focus ST
    '14 Ford Fusion SE Manual

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •