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Old 03-11-2012, 08:48 PM   #1771
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Yeah I went back and forth on retainer walls behind each seat.. but with us using the chair swivels for seating facing rearward it is not a real option.

My Plan B is what I'm trying to do... stout cabinets and all contents of the van will be kept inside those cabinets.

...at least that's the goal.
Expanded metal partition, hinged at the roof or on pins at the sides, when moving it's hanging down vertical and secured to solid anchor points on the sides. It doesn't have to extend all the way down to the floor.

When stopped, it swings up and is secured horizontally out of the way.

Food for thought...
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:17 AM   #1772
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no chocks, the bikes load in sideways, so at worst they could roll 3"-4" before hitting the sidewalls. If they tipped over forwards they'd hit the garage wall, if they tipped over aft they'd hit the garage door.

The GS handlebars are only about 4" from the garage wall, so it can't tip very far. The little bike is a bit farther away from the garage door, maybe 6"-8", so it could tip more, but still not much. I actually think the jib crane boom would catch it before it hit the door.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:14 AM   #1773
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why would you do that?



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Old 03-12-2012, 11:39 AM   #1774
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Hypothetically speaking.. with geode's mad skills.. I'd imagine it would look something like this

...but I'm being completely hypothetical of course.. because who on earth would take the time to cnc mill such bling heater vents

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Old 03-12-2012, 11:55 AM   #1775
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:57 AM   #1776
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Wow Watkins was empty! I was going to take the kids out but thought it would be a zoo!

Snooze, ya loose, I guess! (On the plus side I got my daughter on two wheels on her pedal bike on Sunday!)


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Old 03-12-2012, 11:58 AM   #1777
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Wow Watkins was empty! I was going to take the kids out but thought it would be a zoo!

Snooze, ya loose, I guess! (On the plus side I got my daughter on two wheels on her pedal bike on Sunday!)
Congrats on getting your daughter on two wheels!

That was IMI... and ironically there were hundreds (if not a thousand) of people there (it was a race weekeend). The place was a zoo!

The cool thing is that they were all @ the front track so we had the back track pretty much to ourselves.

Here's what the other end of the property looked like:



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Old 03-12-2012, 02:13 PM   #1778
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5 gallons of Def. $28 after tax @ my local autoparts store.
It took ~4 gallons to fill it.

8553miles/4 gallons = 2138 miles/gallon.
$28/5 = $5.60 gallon
Most of chain truck stops are selling DEF @ the pump for less than $3.00 a gallon.

Only problem is you cannot "pay at the pump" on the truck fuel islands (long story why). Still a lot cheaper than most other options.
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Old 03-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #1779
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"That thing sure looks a lot bigger on the internet"

Over the years I've had countless people I've met who've recognized my bikes from ADV (or I've recognized their's)... this is the first time I've ever had someone say hello from recognizing the van from this thread..

"Yeah.. I've read all 400 pages.. it looks bigger online".

Good to meet you Giggity

Looking forward to riding with you soon.

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Old 03-12-2012, 05:08 PM   #1780
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Rivnuts 101.

I purchased the astro pneumatics rivnut tool off of amazon - I got the kit that includes the 6 anvils that allow you to do lots of different rivnut sizes... most importantly including the 5/32-18 size that I'm using on my 15 series 8020 fasteners.





This tool is 13" long and has some sort of "compounding" action to give you extra leverage.

basically you screw the rivnut on


Squeeze the levers together and it squishes the nut


Before and after:


Pretty easy stuff. It does take a pretty hefty squeeze to crush the large rivnuts down.. I don't know that I'd be strong enough to do ones much beefier.
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:11 PM   #1781
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Out to the van to give it a try...

Drill a hole


debur the hole


thread a rivnut onto the tool and stick it in the hole


squeeze the handles to set the rivnut


and unthread the tool from the now (hopefully) permanent nut :



Because I'm using the 5/32-18 I can thread my 8020 fasteners straight in


...bolt up a bracket


repeat a few times...


...and bolt up the 8020 rail

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Old 03-12-2012, 05:16 PM   #1782
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Mocking up some wood to check sizing of the upper cabinet....


How did I choose the size?




naturally

so there's the top rail... the ceiling will insert into the gap above the curved rail:


and hopefully the combination of a fastener on each strut.. combined with a rail on the wall below coming out will be strong enough
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:18 PM   #1783
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I'm liking this rivnut technology. Never heard of t before...
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Old 03-12-2012, 06:40 PM   #1784
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I am enjoying your van build thread. Lots of good ideas and cool toys in here.

Now you need one of these sets to drill holes in your sheet metal:



They work much better than standard drill bits for cutting holes in sheet metal. I got mine from Snap-on but here is a link to where I poached the picture.
http://www.hougen.com/cutters/kits/c....html#11000_sm
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:05 PM   #1785
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Damn Geek. Now I'll have to put a rivnut tool on my bucket list.....
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