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  1. JonBowerbank

    CARGO VAN JUMP SEAT

    I would just be worried whether plywood and superstrut are up to collision safety standards in any way shape or form. When I got my 2012 FTC Cargo, the dealer threw in an OEM bench seat and seatbelts for free. It's built to bolt directly to those thread points in the floor, and constructed of heavy duty steel. Don't know how much I can trust this build in a head on collision.
  2. Hello all! I'm finally able to get around to putting up some paneling in my van, after a couple of ideas and prototypes that fell flat. All I really want to do is put of some insulated and noise cancelling panels inserted at the point of the cargo walls where windows would otherwise be. Photo attached I've already glued in some insulation, which has already deadened A LOT of the noise. And I have a couple ideas for how to securely and fasten the wood panels. L-brackets into the body, then lining up holes in the panel to the brackets for threading some stainless steel bolts. Leaving the panels still easily removable. Or I could use some standard plastic body retainers to clip the panels into set brackets. But I've yet to see any simpler way other than throwing them up and screwing retainer blocks into the body on each side of the panel to hold it in. Any other suggestions would be appreciated! Cheers
  3. I personally used a 2.5" x 1/4-20 socket head screw, with a 1" x 3/8 coupling nut as a spacer and a stack of washers. The screw was sent through the washers and coupling nut, into the nutsert so it just starts to thread into it. I then inserted the nutsert into the hole, held it in place by the coupling nut with a crescent wrench, and turned the socket head screw with a hex head & socket wrench. Doing it manually helped me control the torque a bit more, and I had a better sense of when it was set. Instead of overtorquing it and risking the headache of extracting a damaged nutsert.
  4. True, the tool, however, is pretty expensive for the amount of use it'll get. And I don't think I could find a rental on one anywhere. So I just followed what this guy did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVgLQZ8-IUs Worked great
  5. You can get them from Fastenal, but they're never in store. Always have to special order them. So I just get them through Amazon. A little pricey, but they'll last a long time: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B010GQXJWI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  6. That's slick! Didn't realize they'd upload the way they did. Here are some jpgs!
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  9. Thanks Booner! Very helpful information. NOW! Here's what I did First I lined the area with Reflectex insulation. This alone really deadened the sound in the van quite a bit, so I was excited for the actual panels. Fast forward a month... I cut and shaped a large piece of cardboard to fit the area where I wanted the panel to go. I used this as a template for both driver and passenger side panels. I didn't care for the edge of the panel, so I decided to find some sort of edging I could glue all the way around. Some vinyl window insulation turned out to be the perfect fit and look! I also added a rectangle of that pink foam insulation stuff and glued it to the backside of the panel. I then tried to figure out a way to actually mount the thing. So I decided to go with some handmade bracketry. I found a long piece of decent gauge 2" x 2" L shape aluminum. Cut it into 5" pieces. 2" x 2" was too wide for how I needed to mount them, they just weren't fitting flush, so I cut an inch off each piece so they were all 1" x 2". I attached them to the van's interior with sheet metal screws. I held the panel in place and figured out where I needed to drill holes in the panel. Drilled 6 x 3/8" holes to line up with each bracket. I then held the panel in place again, and marked with a sharpie on the bracket where I needed to fashion a bolt point. Tapped a 3/8" hole in each bracket, and put some 1/4-20" stainless Nutserts in them. This allowed me to mount the panel simply with 6 x 1/4-20 bolts. I chose a stylish brass finish and added a plastic bushing so I wouldn't overtighten the bolt to the point of the wood breaking and cracking. There was a lot of trial & error with other options I hoped to achieve. I originally wanted to use plastic panel fasteners to mount the wood panels, but with the edge insulation, they just weren't long enough to reach the brackets. So I had to go the longer bolts route. Photos attached! I'm mostly happy with it. Should I do it again, I'll lacquer up the wood and do the edging a little cleaner. But the sound and echo in my van is almost completely gone. I just have to panel up the rest of those areas you see that have the "Reflectex" insulation glued on.
  10. Hello all! I'm finally able to get around to putting up some paneling in my van, after a couple of ideas and prototypes that fell flat. All I really want to do is put of some insulated and noise cancelling panels inserted at the point of the cargo walls where windows would otherwise be. Photo attached I've already glued in some insulation, which has already deadened A LOT of the noise. And I have a couple ideas for how to securely and fasten the wood panels. L-brackets into the body, then lining up holes in the panel to the brackets for threading some stainless steel bolts. Leaving the panels still easily removable. Or I could use some standard plastic body retainers to clip the panels into set brackets. But I've yet to see any simpler way other than throwing them up and screwing retainer blocks into the body on each side of the panel to hold it in. Any other suggestions would be appreciated! Cheers
  11. Would anyone here have a lead on where I could find the passenger model version of a Door Sill Scuff Plate? Since removing the cargo extension from my 2012 XLT, the scuff plate built for a cargo van just isn't right. The front end of it kinda sticks out, doesn't have anything to support it underneath and it just a flimsy piece of plastic when stepped on. I will either need to cut it a bit, or find an elegant way to support it underneath. Any help would be great!
  12. JonBowerbank

    Adding a seat to a 2015 connect van

    Figured it out a few months ago. Where I thought the floor and extension were all part of one long piece, turns out all I had to do was pull the seats out again, and the extension came loose right away. It was being held in by the seat's bolts, solely! Now I just need to find a decorative trim for the edge of the carpet line. And the side door step is kind of awkward as its for a cargo van, not a pass van. Maybe I can source a couple at a pick n pull
  13. JonBowerbank

    Loading ramp questions??

    Late to this party, but for my 2012 FTC I got a 6' foldable ramp. The "EZ Access" one, that you can find on Amazon, and even with free Prime shipping. Folds up & stows away great.
  14. JonBowerbank

    Adding a seat to a 2015 connect van

    Any updates or photos of your seat installation? Bought a cargo model 2012 TC XLT, dealer bolted in some seats for me so I can use the van both for work & play. But the floor extension leaves NO foot space for anyone riding in the back. There's carpeted flooring beneath the extension that I can see, I'll probably need to investigate myself how easily the extension can be removed. And whether that'll cause issues in preserving mounting points for my backseat :/
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