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The battery. I hear it is in a compartment in the back, under the floor. I have to wonder about the convertible?
 

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The battery. I hear it is in a compartment in the back, under the floor. I have to wonder about the convertible?
Why be concerned with the convertible? My '69 big block convertible has the battery located in a compartment in the floor behind the driver's seat. This location was used through the C3 line. Not a problem!
 

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Why be concerned with the convertible? My '69 big block convertible has the battery located in a compartment in the floor behind the driver's seat. This location was used through the C3 line. Not a problem!
Funny you should say that as my 71 vert battery was in the same place and it held water after a heavy rain. In my case that was a problem!
 

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Funny you should say that as my 71 vert battery was in the same place and it held water after a heavy rain. In my case that was a problem!
I have had my '69 for 24 years and have never had a problem with water accumulation of any type in any of the three rear compartments. I have also been active in the hobby for a long time and have never heard of this problem. Now, that does not mean that the problem it did not exist. Clearly, you had something wrong that allowed water to penetrate but then not drain from the battery box. My guess would be that their might have been a specific problem with your car, but not necessarily a design problem with the location of the battery. So, I still feel that there is not a problem in locating the battery out of the engine bay and into a battery well somewhere in the car. This is being used on many different models. In fact, the Chevy Travers and Buick Enclave both have batteries in similar locations.
 

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...Now, that does not mean that the problem it did not exist. Clearly, you had something wrong that allowed water to penetrate but then not drain from the battery box. My guess would be that their might have been a specific problem with your car, but not necessarily a design problem with the location of the battery...
Oh, It existed for sure. After a good number of trips to the dealer it was determined that the problem lay with a bad seal on the aux. hard top. It was never fixed to my satisfaction. By the way, I know of others that suffered that same problem, so it was not a 1-off problem. The fact is water settles in the lowest spot it can find. If it gets in below floor storage areas that don't have drain holes that is where it will collect. We can just hope that it will not be an issue with the C-7 vert.
 

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Oh, It existed for sure. After a good number of trips to the dealer it was determined that the problem lay with a bad seal on the aux. hard top. It was never fixed to my satisfaction. By the way, I know of others that suffered that same problem, so it was not a 1-off problem. The fact is water settles in the lowest spot it can find. If it gets in below floor storage areas that don't have drain holes that is where it will collect. We can just hope that it will not be an issue with the C-7 vert.
I thought you were saying that you were getting water penetration from beneath the car while driving in heavy rainstorms. So I thought the battery compartment was leaking towards the top of the battery box and not draining. Therefore, holding water in the battery box. This is what I meant that I had never heard of. If there was a seal issue between the aux hard top and the rear deck causing it to leak into the rear compartment area, I would think that it would also leak with the convertible top too. But in any case, we are talking about the 3rd generation Vette which has not been made 30 years. Besides my '69 I own two C5s, one convertible and one Z06, and neither of them have water leaking problems into the rear compartment areas or trunk. So, I am pretty confident that if an issue like this does not exist in the C5s or C6s, that it will not appear in the C7s. Just my opinion!
 
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