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RESTORING THE BATTERY TRAY IN THE 74 CADILLAC

I knew that the battery tray in my 74 did not look exactly very pretty. I finally found the time to remove the battery and to tackle this little project. Most battery trays have some form of rust due to acid-leaking batteries, and the one in my 74 was no exception.
I striped all the rust and paint and removed the headlights to get better access. I also de-rusted all the bolts, nuts and washers with rust removing liquid and removed the old paint with a wire brush.
After everything was completely rust free and down to clean bare metal, I primed the tray and afterwards painted it with 2 coats of Eastwood Chassis Black Extreme, which has an OEM sheen.
Now it is looking very nice again - almost OEM - and the new paint should protect it for a long time.

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With the battery and headlights removed
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Luckily the rust was not too bad
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Luckily the rust was not too bad
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Rust remover liquid in action
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After removing the rust
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I also cleaned the battery hold down
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Almost rust free tray after the first treatment with rust remover. I got it much cleaner after this picture was taken.
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Ready for paint - no more rust. Everything was also wire brushed and and sanded.
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Ready for paint
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The restored tray.
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The restored tray - you can see where the rust was, as it left some marks in the metal. But it is now well protected and rust should be stopped.

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