Blind Threaded Inserts Hold The Van Together

Threaded inserts allow us to bolt into the chassis of the van.

You can purchase a kit from eBay for around $30 with a range of sizes. I used M6 for most of the inserts in my build.

Let’s see how they are installed.

Ensure that the panel you are drilling into has enough depth to house the length of the threaded insert. Here I am enlarging an existing trim hole with a 9mm drill bit so that the M6 insert will fit.

After drilling I apply some rust guard.

Now I thread the insert onto the tool and place in the hole. The handles are then squeezed and the insert is riveted in. Keep in mind that with this manual tool and stainless steel M6 insert I was approaching the limit of my grip strength. I believe there are heavy duty tools available and even drill attachments.

The insert is now ready for an M6 bolt.

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