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Thread: Trunk and battery drop box for roadster.

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    Trunk and battery drop box for roadster.

    I've taken my roadster off the road for the winter and dropped off the body to Whitby Motorcars in Greensboro NC two weeks ago. First let me say that I was very impressed with the operation at Whitby and Jeff along with his staff have the expertise to do a great job on my car. I'm going with the Indigo blue and white stripes. I just fell in love with the 427 Cobra SC back in the day and saw Carroll Shelby driving around Watkins Glen in a CSX that was that color combination at it has stuck with me ever since.

    I'm glad I had the 8 weeks of driving in gelcoat to get used to this type of driving. I was able to put on 700 miles and enjoyed it every mile

    I have plenty of winter projects to do on the rest of the roadster in my garage and trying to decide how I want to finish the interior.

    My first big modification will be to decide if I want to make the modifications to the trunk with a drop box and a battery box. Not sure if I'll ever use the added space since I will be driving for pleasure and not worrying about shopping bags and the such.

    For those of you who have decided to keep the trunk original and not do the drop box mod, do you regret it? Or not worth the hassle for those of you that did do it?

    I definitely want to modify the tunnel cover to have cup holders and some storage for stuff.

    Comments would be appreciated.

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    I highly recommend the trunk mod. Well worth it. I've had one with and without, and with the limited space, certainly helps. I don't cut the frame rails (a whole other topic...) so can't put real big things in there. But doesn't matter for my use. Swallows up lots of little stuff. Hats, coats, detail cloths and product, sunscreen, tools, water bottles, etc. All the smaller stuff that rattles around in the trunk. Saves space in the remaining area for larger things like chairs, small suitcase, cover, top (if you have one), etc.
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    It's most definitely worth the effort. I've done cars for guys who chose not to and they have all said in hindsight they wish they had the additional space. Like Paul I do not remove any of the tubular structure when I do the mod.

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Will do the dropbox.

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    My build plan included the battery drop in the trunk. I wanted to keep the battery weight over the rear wheels and the battery out of site. I did not orginally include the drop trunk for storage. BIG oversight. This is one of the aftermarket mods worth every penny...and then some. I installed the kit after the fact (first winter project). It was a "pita" because I had the trunk area was finished with carpet installed aND glued. Its a huge increse in limited trunk storage space. Regardless of what you think you'll be using the car for, you'll be happy to have the extra capacify in the back. .
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    Thanks to all for the comments.

    I will add both drop boxes over the winter.

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    Just be sure to verify the drop battery box will fit your specific year chassis.... There are some differences... Just double check...

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    I'll throw my endorsment for Russ Thompson's dropped box too.

    I added a cover; works great, if you're so inclined...:






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    No Brainer Mod on the dropped trunk.
    #9365 is months from even gel-coat miles, but picking up 1.5+ cu.ft. storage in otherwise wasted space is worth it.
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