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Oh good one hydroplaning, A lot of water just came down all of a sudden and nowhere. Howdy Folks Good day to you! Welcome back! Glad you guys are here on this beautiful sunshiny Florida kind of hurricane looking sort of day and hurricanes are actually the topic of conversation. Well, hurricanes and the Uh and the 2007 Chevrolet Silverado As some of you guys have known, I'm kind of prepping this as like a backup power supply for some power inverters in case of power failure due to our our weather situation. What I've been doing is planning to add a secondary alternator right in this Factory location right here.

The thing is is these LBZ engines were capable of dual alternator support when they were found in an ambulance package or medium duty. so there's a there's a bolt hole here and we require another alternator and a bracket and then some wiring configuration to Uh to get a secondary alternator to up the amperage on the output of this vehicle. Additionally, I did a modification where I can select a high idle. so if um, if I'm running the vehicle for x amount of period of time and the charging system is at full blast, I can initiate the high idle feature.

watch I'll hit the I'll hit the button there title goes up and then I can operate cruise control. watch the idle hit it, idle goes up so that's position two and position three powering down. So the purpose of that is to get a faster crankshaft speed. So if I've got a second alternator and that all first alternator is maxed out and I'm running power to large power inverters to serve as a backup power supply I can set high idle and just get more power and more RPM out of it.

Now back here in my toolbox and this is the reason for this box being here. It's not so much for tools, but back in this section, I've got two plastic battery boxes that will house a group 31 or or a group 29 deep cycle battery. So I can run two batteries back here in a similar configuration to like a boat or an RV or something like that. and from those batteries I can run this 5000 dirty power 5000 watt dirty Power inverter and I've also got a 2000 watt sine wave inverter right there.

so I can run you know miscellaneous loads like fans and lights and whatnot and sensitive Electronics like a television or radio, uh, phone chargers. things of that nature and all that can be done independent of the grid based on how much fuel that I've got in the tanks here. So in an emergency power outage type of situation, I have auxiliary power somewhere stored for later use. So what I'm doing today is setting up and continuing the build out on this system right here.

That way should the need arise, I've got power and it also serves as another function. It's good to have 110 volts and 30 amps or so of electricity if you're in a like remote location. My yard is very large and I tend to be in a remote location and on occasion it would be good to have some electricity when I don't have access to a regular power outlet. So basically the situation at hand can be a modern convenience and it can be a lifesaver in the correct circumstances.
So I really see no downside to performing this modification now. I do have one Deep Side Marine battery right here I'm just going to use this one for now just because I do not have a set of new batteries for it I'm not sure if I want to use lead acids, lipos, or uh, like glass mat batteries back here for this system, but like I said for right now, this uh, this marine battery should do. Additionally, one thing I'm going to also include in this system is a power wire setup that can tie in this Bank of batteries to the vehicle's charging system and this Bank of batteries and it'll do that via a very large solenoid. now.

I'm not sure where I'm going to mount this solenoid just yet, but the way this is going to work is this will. Mount to. Let's let's say, the Firewall: I'll have one end of one of the cables that runs back to the Second Bank on one side of the lug and then on the other side. It'll either go to some kind of a junction block and connect directly to the second alternator, keeping that one independent of the whole system, or I can tie that alternator into the whole system and then just make the other lug on this tie into the positive on the existing system.

So I'm not sure how I want to configure it yet. There's a couple options, but what this thing will do is it's basically a very large switch operated by a very small switch. So I will attach a two position switch somewhere to the dashboard. I'll run the power wire out here to this terminal.

When this terminal is energized and the case is grounded, it'll complete the circuit. It'll close the switch inside and then send connection from one lug over to another wall another lug thus connecting the two electrical systems again. I don't know where I want to mount this I'm not sure if I want to mount it on the vehicle system and put it up here or if I want to mount the thing on the auxiliary system and put it back here and then just fuse the cable going forward. I'm not sure how I wish to configure it I wouldn't be able to isolate both into electrical systems independently with a click of a switch now.

I Know some people say that that's stupid and I should just go buy a generator, but the thing is is this is already a huge resource. I've got 90 gallons of fuel back here I've got 34 gallons of fuel in the in the onboard tank, so let's call it 120 gallons of fuel I confirm three to four gallons in a 12 hour period at high idle and generate up to 7000 watts of power with that. So that's that's on par with it actually. small size gasoline generator.

and no, I'm not going to buy a diesel generator because those are like four times the cost Additionally you got to maintain that extra engine. So I'm keeping myself out of having to maintain one piece of equipment by combining existing equipment and being as resourceful as possible. So that's the reason for, uh, for adding all this to a truck and not just going out and buying another generator. Plus: I don't want to put the thing in storage for half a year I don't feel like doing that anyway.
I Would like to proceed with the install preparation and planning and here's how I'm gonna have to do this: The issue with this box is this thing is aluminum. Which means I can't weld studs or anything to the inside of it to attach things I can't just have all this stuff flopping around all Wheely Nearly like because it'll it'll be destroyed. Plus it's connected to a lot of electricity I can't drill holes through it and put in self-tapping screws because I have a fuel tank on the other side. see right here.

that's all fuel tank I Do have a little bit of space in between, but I really have no space to reach and uh, put Fasteners on. Additionally, this compartment right here is sort of reserved for a home for the hose that goes to the fuel pump. Yeah! I've got a large 12 volt fuel transfer pump on the tank. so I could pump fuel out of this tank into other vehicles as well.

but I don't want to drill holes into this and put a screw head sticking through it because that could damage my rubber hose. So in fact, this is going to damage my rubber hose. it's getting pinched. I don't know.

Let's fix that right now. It's my own portable diesel pump and I like it. There we go. now.

this can swing all the way up there. Beautiful! So now that we all know what the plan is here, let's get to it. I'm gonna pull all these power cables out. These are running down through a hole through the bed, into the frame rail and then up at that passenger side battery.

We're gonna pull these things out and get them out of the way. and I'm gonna tuck. I'm gonna tuck all this in as compactly as possible. So what we need is a little bit of space to reach our latch so that can go right about there.

It gives us less access to the latches see how that fits? That one doesn't even latch. What is this piece of junk? better latch? I'll make it latch anyway. I Think right here is good and then for the other side, it'll be a nearly identical configuration. Yep, right right there.

That's where I think I'd like to place the batteries. So what I'm going to need to do is we're gonna drill some holes in the base of the battery and then use those pilot holes to drill another hole into the bottom of the toolbox. and then I can install a few rivets to secure this box. We have a 316 drill bit here, so I'm just gonna do one right here.

that's through one right here. What I'm doing here is just scratching the surface of the aluminum. There we go and one more right below us. Okay now I've got to be super careful when I go through this because I don't want to puncture or drill into the fuel tank below.
bang. There It Is By the way, how's my audio? I uh I have a powered microphone. It's a lapel mic. Extra comment below how the audio sounds in this video versus uh, previous videos thing.

All right. Four holes drilled and they are lining up. I think they better line up I Just drill holes in my toolbox. That one goes right there.

That one there you're looking good I think they're all lined up. Very nice. Okay, so I'm gonna need to get whoa a uh a little Hammer to uh, kind of drive those those rivets through I don't have my little Hammer I'll use the medium hammer. All right, let's see how we're gonna do this.

Let's go ahead and grab our box of rivets. Those are 3 16 rivets the largest ones that I have. First let's see if these are gonna fit through the holes I drilled. It's a tight squeeze, but they do in fact fit good.

Okay, so I'll run one through the hole in the Box and let me find what I did There they are. There's one. there's one. Okay, that one's through.

Let's get that next one in, not that one I Know more Drilling I Use the exact exact same correct size drill bit so you just have to be perfect through it's gonna work. Numeral trays: Nope. Slight misalignment between the plastic and the metal. No worries, just wallow out the plastic some.

And the other advantage since I don't have a screw poking through to this configuration is I won't have a bolt head that can rub on the bottom of the battery. Okay, so now we need the big rivet gun. We'll take this guy, finish off our rivets, and then we can set the battery in position here. So the way this is going to work, it's real simple.

We open up the tool. We insert the end of it over the stud on the rivet. As we close the tool, it's going to grab that stud and it's going to pull on it. As the tool holds on the stud, the ball end of it is going to try to pass its way through this hollow shaft which is connected to the the face of the rivet right there.

It won't be able to fit through because the ball is larger than the shaft, so it'll expand the shaft up to a point where it cannot expand and pull through any farther and then it'll break off. So we have a solid mechanical connection between two components and it's semi-permanent You have to drill them out in order to remove it. So let's get uh, let's get one started here. I'll show you and we squeeze.

Usually takes about three squeezes or four. There we go. there's our snap and our rivet has, uh, broken three free and this thing should fall down inside of the bottle and we can empty it out later. How'd that go? Looked pretty good? I Think so.

Yeah, we're broken off flush and that thing is secured to the base of the toolbox. So let's get the other other three and then we'll move on to the second box. Get this one set up, plug you in, get in there. I Kind of get it in the hole.
There we go. A couple squeezes. there we go and our shank fell out. Let's get the next one.

Slide it down two very good and rivet number three. Snap got it. Snap, crackle, pop and that battery box is now secured semi-permanently to the base or to the bottom of the toolbox. Incoming loud noises I Want to vacuum all that stuff out? Bear with me.

Get all that nasty out of there and the stuff in the back too. Should have got that earlier there. Oh, it's nice sunny in there. Okay I Think next up and get this.

uh, this battery down into its new home. set you down right there. Okay So we've got two places for connections here. one traditional clamp and one bolt style so that, uh, that design should be accommodated without an issue with these.

Lids There we go I can run the wires in and under and then up and these Lids also have a vent in top so it can't build up gases inside. All right, let's button this up so it looks good and I'll throw there's some face adapters I'll throw those in the Box for later. These are supposed to space things out depending on the battery selection that you've used and we'll throw the little strap on so it's nice and tidy and secure and contained. We'll have to get back into this later to wire things up, but this should be sufficient for right now.

And these little flaps on the side here don't stay flat. These little Clips they're horrible I don't like them I'm gonna cut them off. they're fired all right. I'm gonna go ahead and do this next section in super high speed lightning fast motion since we just saw it in regular speed.

and then we'll go ahead and get these, uh, two big old inverters mounted somewhere and I'm not sure exactly where they're gonna go, but we're gonna figure it out. So let's get to drilling out this second box and then we'll go from there. let's get to Drilling and riveting this second box right here. and then we will go from there.

I Think I like it. You know what? Since I'm cutting these off I Can move this thing a lot closer. That's what we're gonna do. goodbye silly useless little plastic Wing clip thingies.

Cut that right. Oh, that's not cutting. it's stronger than I Thought: Okay here. flush cut side cuts to the rescue.

These will get right in there perfect. Kinda gotta cut a corner to get the next cut stiffer than I thought insert joke now from the back. So X there we go. Now we're getting somewhere.

Cut this thing off. Beautiful junk, working homes. hey overtime hours for both. Get pain.

so I can sit out here and waste my life away, drag back home and drown my troubles away. It's a damn shame what the world's gotten to for people like me. People like you wish I could just wake up and not be true. but it is all it is living in the New world.

Weapon holes All right? Got it? Check it out. Two battery box mounted boxes mounted One battery mounted Let's uh, make or figure out and work on a configuration for these power inverters. Alrighty, so I think I figured out how I'm gonna Mount these inverters I'm gonna do the power cord side where they connect. There's a positive and the negative table.
those are going to be pointed this way towards the passenger side. I'm going to keep the big inverter on the bottom and then I'm going to mount the smaller inverter a little higher up right here at the top edge of the box so both of them will get stacked right here on the back side of the toolbox. So what I need to do again? I'm going to rivet these in. My issue is is you see the little plate right there I can't get a drill on those holes because these uh terminals are in the way and they're very large Terminals and I cannot disconnect them.

So what I need to do is drill them somehow from the other side. or uh, I need to figure that out, don't I I think what I need to do is get the ones drilled that I can drill and then Mark the others with a Uh with a sharpie and then drill the hole I think that's kind of my only option. So since I can't get a drill on this side. Loud, doubly loud noises.

Cut? oh my. God Except they can't get the drill on that side. I'm going to drill this side as soon as the compressor turns off. Stand by.

Okay, so over here on the business side of this thing. I Uh, I think I can get the drill in that position. So I don't want to leave this uh, this unit sitting all the way on the ground. So I'm just going to put something down there to kind of act as a spacer to hold it up and keep it level.

And then I'll drill this hole in that hole. I'll insert two of the rivets from the outside of the box pointed in and then with those rivets in place I can, uh, we can measure and mock out the other side. Foreign. That's for sure gonna be one of the holes.

It's for sure gonna be one. Now we're gonna go over to the other side and Mark these existing holes. or the non-existing holes. Yet, we're going to Mark those with a sharpie and hopefully I can eyeball the drill bit on the Sharpie marks and get it all aligned properly.

You know? Just like. So so now I'll pull this inverter back out and we can drill the holes. If I can see my Sharpie marks, sure can, there's one right there I can see them. So I will drill the holes all the way through and then we Can rivet that guy on.

Let me figure out where to put you guys. Okay, this is kind of nerve-wracking because I'm going to drill a hole in the exterior of this really nice toolbox. Scared to ruin it? There we go. Epic fail.

Look at that. I'm getting pieces of plastic I did not account for the handle. Look at that. Good thing we didn't go all the way through it.

I'm hitting the plastic on that handle. that was. that was too close and I didn't think about it. Error Number One Error error.
Okay, so I now need to move this whole thing over some without ruining it again. All right, let's try this one more time. So I moved it over about an inch or so. There's always that one thing.

one thing that messes you up real bad. stupid latch on the other side I Can't believe I did that. Oh well, he said it and punch all the way through. I'll live with it that one's through and then this one right here.

Let me double check and make sure that that thing looks level to me. it might be at the at an angle. I'm referencing how parallel these two lines are here. I Think it's good that looks okay.

I'll deal with it, measure zero times and drill six times. Perfect. Okay So from the outside, let's push our rivet through. There's one and there's one and then we'll push it through the holes that I drilled into plate for the inverter.

See that? Okay, now here on the outside, we'll take our gun and we will rivet those rivets and secure this. uh, this one side. get out of there of the inverter, take this guy, stick it in right there, all the way down and flush and then on the inside. we'll go ahead and actuate it and squeeze this rivet.

Now this right here. This is going to be a really never before, uh, witnessed kind of thing. Most people don't see what happens when a rivet starts to collapse and squeeze in on itself. Watch this squeeze number two, stay and having that see how it's pulling in.

Oh yeah. Another, let's get the bottom. One flashlight. There we go.

Two of those rivets are now riveted. That one's through. Good. Push our rivet through our Newfound hole here and on the other side that looks good.

Push that guy through. Start our squeezes here. Go ahead and pull this guy in foreign. it's starting to clamp down.

Oh yeah, we have to go next hole. By the way, if these rivets fail I can drill them out and then just put in some nuts and bolts. Yeah, okay. I had to stop and pause and pick the uh, the gun.

Here it has the shaft or a piece of a rivet shank stuck inside of it. There we go. Okay, that thing's on. there.

feels pretty solid again. If it wants to come off, then, uh, or if the rivets break or whatever. if they pull through, I'll just switch them out to nuts and bolts. The outside doesn't look horrible.

I Can hit that with a little bit of black spray paint. you'll never even notice it. And even if you do notice it, it's rivets in the side of a toolbox. so that's fine.

This guy is now installed. Okay. so I need two additional holes in what is going to be the top? this inverter That way I can fit a a rivet or a self-tapping screw through the hole. So let me go ahead.

Ooh, slip that off and break it. That's my drill. Oh, there's a look. there's a piece of aluminum stuck in the end of my drill bit.

That was weird. All right. Anyway, let's get these little holes drilled. dude that fits next one right here.
right on the very very edge. There we go. Okay, so I'll do two self-tapping screws on the top and then I'll have to do rivets on the bottom so it looks good from the outside. Okie dokie.

So this is roughly the position this is going to be in. We're going to raise it up ever so slightly and I'm going to line this hole up that we just drilled with this little section right here. this is a it's an extra piece of Steel to add some rigidity to the outside of the structure. There's nothing behind it.

so I should be able to run a self-tapping screw into that hole and use this to mount. uh Mount this power inverter here I do want to get it down as far as possible so we're gonna go for should probably just mark it with the pen. Let's do that first. it's gonna go right here and that's the spot for our stealth tapping screw.

I can't rivet this? I don't have the space to get a rivet in the area right here on the inverter. Can't get a rivet gun in there and uh I don't want to rivet it from the outside? Not this one. So we got to do it this way. Let's see here.

you can't see the mark, but I can sorry, it's our hole. we back it out. come out self-tapper now. take that same screw, put it in the hole right there that we just made in the inverter.

We'll screw it inside right? I'm thinking right here. All right, that one's in. let's do the same thing over on the other side with one of the other self-tappers Then we can do loud noises Troy what are you doing and then we can do the uh, the rivets on the bottom side. That's what I was saying.

and again, I didn't use self-tapping screws all the way through because some of these are going to poke through to the outside and that would look horrible if I had screw heads sticking out from the inside of my toolbox. It's actually really not a toolbox, it's more like a power generator. It's this new thing. Does that look good? Sure dude.

Actually I wonder if I could run self tappers through this? No, no no I can't because that goes through to uh, the exterior. Let me show you see how it's got this this piece sticking out, that is this indentation right here. So I have to use a rivet on that. All of it directly and the survey says sure did.

Now I just need to punch through the base plate on the inverter 100 full speed. Got it? Okay, another rivet from the front side and going through and that one's going right there. That's nice. Okay, let's go ahead and tighten this one down.

The gun is on the stud questions. some squeezes excellent. that one's in that's secure on three positions. Let's get uh, let's get that rivet number four set up so we're gonna do it at this level.

Right about is our Mark yeah, somewhere right in here. probably right there where I'm pointed. Let me, uh, let me get that one eyeballed and measured properly and we'll drill that hole next. I Think this is the spot.
It's roughly the same height as the other side and if I eyeball it straight down, coming into contact with the bracket through good alignment. Got it. Who knew my lumens they're powering back on? I Plugged it in, bought it battery powered light. You gotta plug back in.

Anyway, there's our There's the uh. there's our last rivet. Get this one tight. Solid.

Good to go. That's nice. Check it out. So I got both inverters connected.

Power supply wires are pointed that way. The outputs are this way. there's the switch. That one's got a switch.

and we've got six thousand and two thousand Peak power. So we need roughly the three thousand and uh, one thousand watts of continuous power deliverable. That's enough to run one. AC Unit, a fridge, some lights, and a fan here.

I Actually remove that screw in order to get the space necessary to get to that screw. So let's just put that back. so I don't forget it and use it forever. That's the little guard for the electric fan to cool the internals of the unit.

Speaking of fans, I will probably also wire up some kind of external fan assembly here to blow air over these. Additionally, I will cut holes in this and put some vents in it so there'll be like an intake fan plus an event that goes out and a fan that will go on these just to keep airflow on them. So when this system is running, if the box is closed, it'll still have airflow through it to keep things cool on that too. Alrighty, next item.

There's actually supposed to be two of these units, but the other one has not arrived yet. These are heavy duty bus bars. It's a marine application. I Ordered two of these boxes.

so there's a red one for our powers and a green or uh, excuse me agreement, a black one for our grounds and it's basically just a mountable bus bar. You connect one wire into it and then you can connect. Like let's say, I've got my my feed ground coming in from the other batteries. I can then ground this battery this battery and these inverters to these other buses and organize the or other poles rather and then organize all the wires inside of this nice little case right here.

So I like I said, I ordered two of these. uh, the red one is not here but I can still Mount the black one and I think I'm just going to mount these guys right here to the side of the case. We'll put one there and then we'll put the other one like right there. So I'll have the red one and the black one and then all the wires that come up will bolt to the bottom of these guys and they'll all be nice and organized and tucked away.

So what I'll do is I'll just run uh, self-tapping screws through the side of the box here to secure those bus bars to the interior of the box. and if you look over here, I've got some space and there's really no danger of damage or injury because the the screws are just going to pop through somewhere on that side. So let's get this one kind of disassembled which I've already taken the screws off, but we're going to mount. We're gonna Mount these gravity just below this little weld line right here because that's the little Step Up In The Box Loud.
It's all about one here and then I'll Mount the other one right next to it. Like So so here's what I'm thinking: if I put one of them here, then the other one can go right there. It'll leave a little bit of space between the two in case I need to run a wire through. There will be space on the back side in case I need to run some wires through and there's some space on the other side here in case I need to run some wires through.

So I think that's a good position to start with for one of these boxes. Let me just grab one of our screws here and I'll get that thing drilled in and tight and then we'll get the other three. Let's get let's start right there. How tapping the screws are great.

That's good. I'm pretty much eyeballing this, but I think I can get it close because I got things to square off to. Yeah, that's good right there. I think oh I don't have space for hands so am I gonna do this? Do it like this.

inverted impact gun is that good. They look good. can't tell. Yeah, that's fine.

good enough. Okay, that one's that one's secure-ish Let's run two more in just to be thorough here. One last one right here Gravity another last one right here. So now I can run wires into that knock out these punch outs right here and then I can cover up all the connections with our little cover right here.

I think that looks good, looks real good. alrighty. so I'd like to get a couple of these wires connected I have a a whole boatload of random battery wires sitting around. so I'm going to use all these up as best I can.

So one of these is going to be dedicated just for the ground wire on the big inverter, so let's see that one fits best. So we'll make this side right here. the side on the lug. I don't need to fuse the grounds so that will not be a major issue here.

Let's throw a uh, a washer over that. That hole is a little bit big and I just don't want the uh, the bolt to uh, like pass through the center of that hole see if this one threads on. Nope. I had a random Nylock nut sitting there, but I'll just use the one that came with it.

Okay, so here's ground connection: number one to our bus bar. This is going to go to the big inverter that I could run one more from the little inverter or to the little inverter one up front and then one to this battery Bank in the back. Let's tighten this guy down nice and kickage. Okay, so the end of this wire is now just going to run downwards back and it's going to meet the negative connector on our inverter right there.

I Don't think I like that turn that's not. That's not okay. Now I'm gonna do that. We're gonna do it like probably 90 degrees.
Come here. Yeah, we're gonna do it 90 degrees. Somehow some way cable does not obstruct the fans. Yeah, we'll do it like that.

That's good. We can just take our a little cap here. actually. I'm going to put a washer behind that.

Just try it like that. Do I have enough thread? see I think so. let's tighten that down some. I don't know if that's enough thread.

it's not that will vibrate loose. So we're gonna lose that washer and just put the little cap nut thing on and I'll use the battery lug to help me tighten this down. Just give it a twist, you know what? I want just a little bit more on that there? Now it's tight good and I'll just take this uh, this cable and Tuck that back against the corner. There that's nice and secure.

That's one ground wire connected. Let's do. let's do the ground wire for the small inverter next. Alrighty, so it looks like I've got a piece that's already got uh, eyelets on the end of it.

I Think this is a four gauge wire. This one should be sufficient to. let's see if we gotta fit that in there. This one should be sufficient to power this, uh, small thousand or the 2000 watt inverter.

So let's see. let's get that guy over. that's perfect just like that. And let's get a screw on there or a nut looking around for a washer to sandwich in there while we're at it.

Let's take that back off. I Don't have a flat washer that'll fit, but I do have this little lock washer. it's better than nothing. So let's get this guy on and tighten down.

and I'm going to run this wire kind of tucked in behind this little plastic thing right here and then that thing should or it will. What it's going to do is it's going to come through down here, run through here, and then come out and loop around and then reconnect. So I'm trying to use the shortest runs of wire possible. That way you don't lose power in the transfer.

it'll help to make the system more efficient. Kind of the goal here. So that's tucked under right here. We're going to run it through under here, and then right here in The corner.

I can come down and loop and connect and what I'll do is I'll slide this one behind our big one. We'll use that big wire to hang on to it and that can Loop in right here. Come here there we go. Lock washer back on.

Let's tighten this guy down. then both of these inverters will be grounded to our new bus bar. Let's make it nice and tight. Like I have to put a terminal end on the negative side of the big cable that runs forward into the engine compartment.

There we go. That one's tight so this cable is fairly secure. It's not going anywhere. so that background this one needs a cable end attached to it.

I've I don't know if I want to cut this off and or just put the end on it here and then pull the rest of it through later. I think I'll put the end on and then just pull this through later on. I'd rather not cut this off in case I'm too short under the hood. so I've got a fresh new lug here.
I'm going to go ahead and strip the end of this wire just enough to fill that lug and then we can get the crimp tool set up and crimp in this wire connector end. Once this thing's crimped on and heat shrinked, we can bolt that to our bus bar and get that thing tightened down. There we go. Come off of there.

You these There we go. Got it? The very fine stranded. Holy Smokes. Look at that super fine.

Plug this guy in like so shove it in there and let me bust out the crimping tool. So this thing's pretty interesting. It's a little hydraulic ram with it's got a little squeeze lever on it and as we tighten it down and we pump the ram lever, it's going to run the ram out. Now on the other side here on the business end, we've got these dies.

They're going to go in to this little uh into the end of the tool here. see that right there? So what we can do is, we'll take our our cable end, feed it through, see that, and we can tighten down and press in on these dies and it's going to put the appropriate crimp in this cable lug, tighten it down. Watch this. Let's get it just right.

Let's get it centered properly, rotate you so you're in where we want you right there. We'll go ahead and squeeze it and crimp this down on our cable end right here. Send it till it's done I Feel it smashing. It's crimping.

There we go. Let It Loose And a little bit too tight, but you get the point. We now have a uh a Cable log on the end of our wire here. A little bit of heat shrink and that's all set up.

Good to go. Okay, Cable's good. Heat shrink's coming in I Put a second crimp on that to smash that little flare down and let's get some torch action on this a little, shrink her down and then get this other cable end right here bolted on. Now again, all this is safe because none of this is connected to the battery positive just yet.

So I'm not at risk of arcing something out or burning the truck down or nothing like that. It's just ground cables. I Think that's about it. whereas shrunk as heat shrunk is gonna get.

this is good. Let's go ahead and bolt this thing to our bus bar next Hot. All right. So moving back in again, I'm going to pull the rest of this through from the other side and from the bottom just to get rid of all the extra Slackers here.

But for now and for mock-up purposes, this is just fine. We can leave this here. Gravity So this one, what do you think should? I put it here since it's closer or here. I'm going to put it here that way the batteries can connect right here.

That's where I'm gonna where it's gonna go I Have decided to throw a washer over it just for fun. Put our lock washer over it because it came with it and then we'll spin this one down and get it tight. Where's me wrench? I Think it fell, didn't it? I heard It in here. No, not that one.
No no, no, no, No 13 has disappeared. It did fall. I See it back there gotcha! Okay, let's get this one tight next. So that's going to leave us with only the negative battery cable to be connected here pickage.

So now this, we can tuck it back into the corner like the rest of them and then we'll pull the rest through and up into the cabin. I'll do that later, but ultimately, it's going to get tucked away. Get out of here screws. It'll be tucked away very neatly and nicely and run along that corner like so that's how it's going to look when it's uh, when it's finalized I Like that.

But for now, I'm just going to shove the rest of that down in that little corner right there and it's now out of sight and out of mind. So I do have one pre-made cable that will serve to be a good battery cable ground kind of. the. The end of it is actually for a positive table, so it sits a little bit loose on that terminal right there.

So what I can do is I can either cut it off and then bolt it on or I can put a shim on this and just make this uh, this term a little larger so it fits better. Or um, or I could just change that out with a negative side terminal and the reason that doesn't fit so well is the positive terminals are slightly larger than the negative terminals. For this application, it's not a huge issue, but it's not something I'm going to leave as a permanent kind of thing. I Don't like those battery shims.

They tend to work free and become loose and since this is like a high vibration atmosphere, it could very easily do that. Regardless, here's our last one. It's our last cable. Oh, additionally, if I need to connect any other grounds, I can always just layer them and sandwich them into this plus bar.

So I have nearly infinite amount of grounding capability with these components here that I've chosen I found them on eBay If anybody wants one, they say that they're suitable for marine purposes and I think rated to 300 amps which is cool. So yeah, that can plug in right there. It's got reliefs in the lids so the cable can come out and there's a little connector here in case I want to add another ground wire for something I Don't need that right now, so I'll just tuck that back inside there. That's pretty much how she's going to sit.

So let's go ahead and knock out two of these. Knockouts right here. When you put the uh, the cover loud, we'll put the cover back on these cables now. These should just crack and break.

They've been etched already. Yeah, that's real easy. They just they come right out. Yep, they crack and break right off.

No problem. So now let's take this guy. grab the screws. We have no more need to be under that box for now.
So let's plug this thing in. Slight problem: I Need to angle these wires because that Center piece doesn't fit. See that? Oh no. Stem work requires custom.

Solutions So we'll take that one and point it that way. Take this one, point it that way that'll fit I hope it fits, it had better fit or I'll have to cut plastic out of my my lid. Okay I don't want to. You stay there.

There We go. They fit now. Close. yes, gravity.

and that's how she fits. Like so okay. so I've got four screws that screw this cover on. Let's get the hard one.

First, screw that guy in a take. yes, next one over in the corner. Get in there. There we go.

three and a numeral cuatro that was threading. Dude. Good, good, good. Okay, so that's pretty much the ground.

Those are all the ground buses that need to be here and then the next box when it arrives. I'm going to mount it right here and that'll be all of our positives once that's done. I can run the positive cables I can get the second battery, connect the batteries, and then run the positives to here. and then once that's done, it'll at least be able to operate and I'll have to hook up the other side to get the uh, the two charging systems connected or the two battery Banks connected.

rather. All righty guys. I'm gonna go ahead get the tools cleaned out of this thing and I'm gonna pack it up for the day. I think I've done enough damage so far.

I've got uh, most of the large components already mounted. they're halfway wired. The rest of it's going to be some tricky, uh, and intricate electrical stuff. I've got some solenoids to connect I've got some fuses I've got some breakers and then once all that's done, I need to cut a hole somewhere in this box and mount an outdoor type receptacle and then wire the 120 volt side to that receptacle because I don't want to run cables through the box and then close the lid.

so I just want to have a plug that passes through this box right here. Maybe I'll do them here. Maybe I'll do them down here. I'm not really certain where I'm going to do that yet, but I will run a pass through a set of receptacles for this thing as well.

guys. I'm gonna go ahead and close this video out. I've got to pack up all my toys and mess and tools and whatnot and get this stuff put away. and I'm gonna go ahead and get out of here.

The sun is low, the Shadows are long right over there. Yeah, it's it's in today I'm out of here. it's Sunday So I'm actually here on a day off to do a day off project I Gotta go home get some rest because we're coming back to a full shop tomorrow morning. So and as always, thank you guys for watching this video.

Hope you enjoyed this video. Please let me know what you think about this project in the comment section down below. If you like this project, don't forget that like button also down below and most importantly, have yourselves a fantastic day. See you guys later in the video End of auxiliary power plant in a transmission end of weekend end of day.
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95 thoughts on “Waste of energy? dual alternator power generator! hurricane kit solar capable”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeremiah E. says:

    I am not sure if it's Just me??? Buuuut This video only has left ear audio for me??? I am not sure if it gets fixed after the first cut I am not there yet??? Buuut as of right now there is a slight hissing that is NOT normally there on Ray's Videos and he's only in my left ear????????

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hammond Jones says:

    Is there a 2nd part of video? I’d like to learn more about this

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jburdman7 says:

    Lots of design choices. Properly sizing everything will take some experimentation based on your actual electrical needs. I'd consider using the beefy second alternator for the inverters and leaving the charging systems separated. Cross the bridge of tying the alternators together if they better load match your engine as a pair. You might want to go with 2 X 6V L16 batteries for the inverters. Forget Li-ion, the voltage preference difference would be a nightmare. You could use LiFePO4 but they are expensive to potentially abuse it thermally. I'd experiment with the inexpensive FLA battery first.
    You need to be horizontal rain resistant with the tool box cooling and outlets. I'd take the inverter cooling air exhausts and pipe them out of the case thru a baffle, and an external pressure activated flap, then have a shielded input including a piece of AC foam filter on the tool box to allow that air to be replaced. Note Hydrogen could still build up at the top of your box. That depends on how leaky it is and windy things are when in use.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John T says:

    Second on the rivets not holding those battery boxes for long. Not sure even washers would spread the load enough. May need a piece of aluminum sheet. Great use of your resources on hand, otherwise.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew Routt says:

    Looks like that lapel mic might be setup as mono (left channel audio only). Whether this is due to the mic being mono to begin with, the connection between the mic and the camera, or the camera settings I can't be certain. Hearing you on the left and getting buzzing on the right

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Artillerest 43rd VA says:

    26 min went to both ear buds, 0-26 left one only. at 36 went back to left only. also you have to prevent the
    acid gasses from corroding the inverters. you will need to have good air flow to prevent damage to the
    inverters, plus you have to protect the connectors.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fity Bux says:

    Why do you have plastic battery boxes if you already have a large battery box? It seems like this takes up extra space whereas you could have more batteries otherwise.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Skenya says:

    First off. Your sound is good. Second: I think you are doing the right thing regarding the power. I would have done the same thing if I knew my car could do the same as yours with 2 generators.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars That Truckin Guitar Player says:

    Barely hear you!

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chapa Raul says:

    What an awesome project!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Zachary Hall says:

    Ray, fantastic work on the setup so far! Just some food for thought. Have you considered getting rid of the modified sine wave inverter as they are bad for motors. A modified sine wave will make a motor run hotter than it should and shorten the life of that device. Also another idea make your second alternator and batteries independent of your trucks electrical system and make it 24 volts It would make your inverter much more power efficient going to a 24 volt setup this would mean you would have to get a another inverter altogether but there are more options for bigger inverters at 24 volts. switching to a 24 volt inverter it would decrease the amp draw of the system. Last thing would be to take a trip to Mexico to make the EGR system on your truck fall off. Lol the extra idle time will kill EGR.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Head says:

    LOVE the power truck idea! The audio is different sounding than before but doable. It does sound a bit hollow, maybe because of the position of the mic. Maybe move it a touch closer to you mouth.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Cobblie says:

    Ray, I can only hear you on my left headphone speaker 🤷‍

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eugene Harrelson says:

    Knowing what resources you have and how to properly utilize them is a good thing

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joseph Navarro says:

    So many experts in the comments 😂

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Pairofdogs says:

    Should have put a piece of plywood in the bottom of the tool box for attaching your items to.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wolfman887 says:

    Nice job on the song. I feel like he is singing about most of us.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars laxbeach23 says:

    If the rivets fail, I can switch to nuts and bolts. Rivet proceeds to fail.🤣

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars King TarreVizla says:

    Pretty smart with the back up power on your truck saves money instead of buying a generator don't have to worry about refueling since you have that tank behind the box

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Smithies Track Mini says:

    Audio is not betterer than others, sounds like I'm listening through a old sweaty sock 😅

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars k sawatzky says:

    im only getting sound out of one headphone (left side)

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars coasq123 says:

    I don't know what it is but I am watching you on my laptop with computer speakers hooked up and only sound is coming out the left speaker and I tried it with my phone with headphones and sound is only coming out the left side I think you're maybe a setting to make it to where it comes out of both left and right channels

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gasselectric says:

    One thing to consider is that if you use lithium you have to use a different type of charger

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars gasselectric says:

    The sound is only one Chanel

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jason rebello says:

    Can't wait to see the rest of the project

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William Felker says:

    RAY Its Left Side, and,or, Right Side( on Vehicle) GOT IT !

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J. Madden says:

    Look up true mods eps141R. It’s a 12v relay that is good for 200 amps but your control circuit draws less than a regular solenoid. I use a solenoid at first with my invereter which is wired to start with ignition and the solenoid got way too hot. They say continuous use but there not really good for it. Just an option brother.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars GreatBiggieSize says:

    REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE you made the Audio Much Worser

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars D B says:

    Audio much bad. Very left.

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SJ FK says:

    I’ve had a battery shim on my daily driver for 7 years…. Hasn’t moved at all.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Minnesotaman says:

    I'm glad I never have to worry about hurricanes. I live 3 blocks away from lake Michigan so I don't have to deal with tornados (the Midwest version of a hurricane) and I'd take the cold and snow for 4 months over the fear of a hurricane that will wreck your shit in no time and seems to happen every year in Florida

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sean H says:

    Hi Ray, You may want to give your power some critical thinking. Crunching a few numbers, I would tend to think your plan may be overoptimistic. When you are sizing inverters, you must understand that for every watt at "X" Amps, at 110VAC is about 8 times larger at 12 VDC. The cable you plan to use for interconnection between the battery box and engine bay will get pretty warm. Minimum cable size is at least 3/0. (Calculations are slightly different that AC) This is for about a 3% drop in power. The size of 3/0 cable is about 3/8-7/16" in diameter. The connections should be made directly to the alternators for best Ampacity (Pos and Neg). Connecting to any of the batteries under the hood, will severely hamper the charging of your external batteries.

    I'm not too familiar with car alternators vs engine RPM to know how much current is produced for any given RPM range. I would recommend that both alternators are equal in amperage to share the load. Depending on the Amp/hour rating of the batteries, at peak load, the battery system may only last an hour without vehicle support. (If both batteries are new, bought at the same time) Expect about 300 Amps @12VDC required to run your system at full output. Make sure you have enough reserve to keep your truck running.

    There are some other things that should be considered, for instance the relay/contactor you wish to use. Unless that relay is rated for 300+ Amps, don't even go there.

    There may be some other things that don't come to mind at the moment.

    Please don't quibble over the exactness of my calculations, they are done on a napkin.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ivo says:

    What a riveting experience!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Charles Reed says:

    Right side audio went out and there is an occasionally popping or clicking

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tihomir Mićović says:

    It sounds mono on my headset. Made me think my right side was broken/inoperative. Checked a few other videos, headset works just fine, and my conclusion is, your microphone delivers mono, not stereo sound.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steven White says:

    The audio is just coming through on the left side if you’re wearing headphones. So there’s probably a setting that needs to be adjusted somewhere. Also there are some crackling noises from time to time.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alvin Hyman says:

    Great video, the error factor is always there we just have to learn from it.
    Seeing many suggestions and just look at them and remember this is your project and will need tweaking to meet your needs. Don't expect it to work fully as planned the first time. Much of the thermal issue will be addressed by the fact that the system will normally operate when it raining helps remove heat . If running when not raining the lid can be open and from how you used it during the last hurricane you should be good on your set-up! The only thing that I have not seen mentioned is to fuse the wire into the toolbox on both ends maybe not needed but a safety to prevent damage should something short . But, I think this should more than meet the need you are building this for.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stunningly Normal says:

    I went a different route for emergency power. I had a whole home Cummins LPG generator installed. More $$$$ for sure, but this way, the family is protected from prolonged outages if I am not at home with the diesel pickup.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DAVID CLAPP says:

    audio is very good

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    you already messed up cause you want your ground wire as short as possible. you also want your ground cable to be just as big or bigger then your power wire… remember, power runs ground to positive… which means, if your ground is smaller than your power, you are bottlenecking your power source. which will cause your AC power inverters, since you are using more than one, to fail faster than they can produce the power you need. most high wattage inverters need zero (0) gauge wire, so you need at minimum, zero (0) gauge wire to and from the inverter, to and from power and ground of the vehicle. if you want maximum performance from your inverters, to run your home on such power, you need at minimum, double awt cable (00) for power input and triple awt (000) cable for ground… and you will need at least three (3) alternators to produce the power you need if you plan to run your truck at idle or just over idle.

    this applies to stereo subwoofer systems…

    i like to call myself proficient in automotive electronics. I know what a high output system needs… this includes trying to use your vehicle as an output source for AC power…

    i hope you ask me about other options you might include in your venture to use your truck as a secondary power source for your home.

    i am not trying to discredit your automotive knowledge, but i have made it my mission to excel in automotive power sources. i use this knowledge in my stereo system builds. i have done nothing but go big or go home.
    unfortunately, i am in the go home stage right now, with my stereo build, but i know what i need to do to, to go big with my stereo output… finances are the only thing hindering me from going big…

    as i said though, you need a high output source, which means multiple alternators, probably 4 or more at 300 watts output each, that would power your home. i know it is small, but i also know what you want in terms of power consumption… you want a 2000 watt minimum fridge, you want a 1500 watt minimum deep freeze, AC, and power for your well pump… you are looking at a minimum of 4000 watts to run all of that. if you do not use an alternative power source, like a generac generator, you are looking at a 5000 watt minimum power need from your truck, and this is just to run to the A/C power converters to run your home at minimum power…

    you will need a lot of power to stabilize your home… and your truck cannot produce that much power, no matter how many batteries you use… remember it takes power to make power… if you have a stream or creek on your property, you can use that, with and alternator, to help with your power needs, you can create your own windmill that can produce power, with an alternator, to help with your power needs. you can do a bunch of other things with alternators to help supplement your power needs.

    making windmills, and using creeks or rivers on your property are easily found on YOUTUBE…

    please use my advise. i wish i could do every one of these types of power, but i don't own my own land. i wish i did own at least 10 to 15 acres of land with streams and creeks and possibly a river though it. but since i know you own land with water, i know you can do what i wish i could do….

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    i would take some body tools and beat the crap out of those rivites. those rivites are failures…

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    your rivets are garbage. they should have collapsed so much more than that…

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    vacuum out your dirt… geeze!!!!

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Christopher Wise says:

    i would obviously put the switch close to the secondary power source… i would do the same for my tiny jeep patriot for my stereo system…

    the alternator is too small for my entire system, but i would use lithium batteries for the secondary power source, so i can use the secondary battery for jumpstart capabilities… and i would have the switch set to engage on low voltage for the secondary battery… that way it is still charged without input from me, but available when i need it…

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars calanosz says:

    New Microphone sounds like crap. Just sayin.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars N. Tromb says:

    Honestly, brother look into getting the 100 amp or the 200 amp battery Doctor it’s a smart solenoid, smart diode. If you can afford it get it I’ve had nothing but good luck with them.

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Morin says:

    doing the math, the 5000W peak/3000W continuous inverter will require 412A/250A. W=VxA or A=W/V. 4Ga wire would only handle about 50-90A and get pretty hot.