John, I can only speak with expertise regarding 1963, but the J and the non-ram sport 300s, as well as other Chryslers and Imperials were the same. I mentioned the primer is my last post – under battery tray; behind tray mount. Re. the question on the fasteners- yes the fasteners that attached the tray to the inner fender and radiator core support were painted body color when the front clip got sprayed as an assembly. The bracket that goes from the battery tray to the upper control arm is painted semi-gloss black and the fasteners for that bracket are natural. The battery tray is the same in ‘63 for both Chrysler and Imperial but the aforementioned bracket is positioned differently. On the J, that bracket abuts the headers or may even be missing- no clearance. How’s that for a crazy level of detail? Yes- disturbed factory undercoating on inner fender tray fasteners would indicate either removal and/or replacement of the factory tray at some point.
Sent: Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:11 PM
Cc: dan300f@xxxxxxx ; jfwilliams2007@xxxxxxxxx ; 2HsandaHeritage@xxxxxxxxxxx ; Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ; jholst@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Chrysler300] Battery Tray Color
For sure they
would not ever have inventoried various color battery trays, and for sure when
it was made, as a loose part, it was probably primed or painted..maybe
black. It was probably on the car when the whole body was painted at times, or
not? And non black ones might still be painted-- underneath the body color,--
black? Do we know? Might relate to the special ram car inner fender access
parts, inner fender too. Maybe the battery tray was put onto them, special
step , as car would be built possibly with non 300 inner fenders, or none? then
300 ram car inner fender body part painted with tray? Or some separate step
thing? 300 ram cars have to be almost one off , or grouped, compared to
thousands and thousands of non ram bodies. Battery tray attaches to special
inner fender, a real complication on the assembly line? And a replacement tray
from MOPAR would almost be for sure black. A restored car or even an unrestored
car might have had a corroded battery tray replaced?? the early 12v batteries of
60’s had caps that spewed acid at times, ( any overcharge) many trays were hurt
badly, holes under battery . A guy with a 300 might just change it in 1965 as
part of caring for the car he liked. Then it is black. This needs to be thought
through. Probably no one 100% right answer is available, and might vary by
year too. Or by Ram or not . Fasteners same color as body??, paint under/behind
tray mount is??? Disturbed undercoating indicating replacement of tray?
Black is OK
with me! (just an .02) .
Jerry’s cars are all non ram 62; battery tray same color as car makes sense ,
one time in the spray booth, standard Chrysler process.
[mailto:Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 'Jerry Lindsay'
Perhaps this is
a “White” issue. My Carmel “H” battery tray is the same color as the engine
compartment. I have had no less than 5 Red sport 300’s and one red
“H” and all of them had RED battery trays. I have a light green and that also
has a light green battery tray.
My mind floats
back to Mike Meyer’s 62 White Convertible. That was judged in concurs, what
color was that?
From: Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:Chrysler300@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
On Behalf Of Bruce Paul b_paul_ncp@xxxxxxxxx
Same on my G: black battery tray with white
Cherry Hill, NJ
Posted by: "C Bilter" <cbilter@xxxxxxxxx>
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