Just to answer Bermuda Ken's response:
IH still offers both the battery box and lid for the Cub. Why make one or get a cheap china knockoff when the real thing is still made???
Here is CB's reply:
I called my local dealer the other day and priced a complete battery box...right at $150.00 total for the box, front, and top.
I think the answer is well presented in my little article on the Battery Boxes. Price!
If I were to buy one from Steiners or OEM or any of the other places advertised for after-market battery boxes, and the cost is around $85.00US, by the time I get it to my house here in NB it is gonna cost me $214.60 Cdn
I think not. Can't afford that! Here is another point and one I discovered by accident. The lids or tops of the stamped boxes have concave edges. In other words, the edge is slimmer in the center than it is in the corners, cause they are too cheap to use an extra 1/4" of sheet metal
God I really dislike cheapskate manufacturers
Now to Ken's comment about buying IH. I buy as much as I possibly can from my dealer, in fact it is into the 4 digit range now. I would buy IH if I could afford it, but again it is price. IH wants $150.00US for their complete battery box. That puts it in the ballpark of $420.00 Cdn. Hey do people think money grows on trees??? I am a retired on a veteran's pension, I can't afford that kind of scratch for 1 battery box, never mind if I want another one!!!!!!
I apologize Ken, but not a chance of an ice-cube in Dante's Inferno! Told Gilles the very same thing, but in slightly different words... ifn ya gets me drift..
I was a little cranky when he told me the price
Also one other little problem. Ifn the new IH boxes are actually the ones IH made, then the new Group 1 batteries WILL NOT FIT
I know, already built 2 boxes to the same height as the original. The battery terminals short out on the lid
The boxes had to be increased by 3/8" to accept the new Group 1 Battery.
If they are not made by IH, then who are they made by? - Steiner, OEM?? If so, then how come they are twice the price????
Just a note, and something to think on. When I had these boxes made, we tried to get as close to original as we could. We used 14 guage SandKote which is heavier than the repro boxes which are 18 or 16 guage - pretty thin. They are all
handmade and each top and front is fitted individually to each box. The rear lamp bracket and L-bracket are welded although not spot welded. As we make em, each box gets better as we incorporate improvements. Always going to be a custom made job.
still has 3 or 4 boxes left. After these are gone, they will only be made on an as required basis. All queries can be addressed to me at that time.