09-11-2008 08:07 PM #1
Best way to mount the fuse panel
I want to mount the fuse panel on the kick panel but am unsure of what would be the best way to mount it. I am concerned that if I use metal screws they may vibrate loose. Does anyone have a suggestion?
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Rivnuts and stovebolts with a touch of locktite, won't come loose then. Makes a nice neat installation.
Sniper, what are rivnuts and stovebolts? Do you have a link for them?
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Just Google Rivnuts or Rivetnuts and you'll get quite a few hits. They work along the same line as a pop rivet, only the inside of the barrel is threaded to the size of bolt you are using. I have one myself, and it's worked nice for items of this sort. While they are now more more common and available for the automotive world, they are used in the aircraft industry for removeable panels and things like that. Not meant to be used as a stuctural fastener, but used for removable panels, small items like your fuse box, dash insert where your gauges would be etc. I'll have to find mine and get a couple of pictures for you, haven't used it for a while, I forget where it is. (If you seen my shop, you would understand. If the lights ever went out, you would bleed to death from the shins on down just trying to get back out!!) Stovebolts are just the small sizes, anything under 1/4 inch. They come in 'number sizes', 10, 8, 6, 4, course or fine thread is available. The smaller the number, the smaller the bolt size. They can have various head shapes, (but seldom hex, unless it's metric, different animal) dome, pan, taper for countersunk. And now a days, have any kind of recess in the head. Used to be the standard slot for a screw driver many years ago, now there's slot, Phillips, Robinson, Allen, Torx, GMC used a double 'D' or Clutch head back in the forties, maybe even before that. Cadium plated steel, stainless, brass, are the common materials they are made from. I'll see if I can get you some pictures of the rivnut being used and installed in a panel. Sniper
I mounted mine with very heavy duty Velcro strips. That way, I can pull it down where I can see what's going on when I need to.
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or there are these at our favorite cheap tool store, but not sure if they are the same thing?
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Here's some pictures of an install and what they look like. Sniper
Numbers 6 through 10
And the last of them.
Funny I've been using things like the rivnuts for years putting together paper maunals and never knew them by that name.
I like the Jack's velcro idea. Might have to try that on my next wiring.
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I hung my fuse panel under the dash on a hinge so I could drop it down for access and flip it back up out of the way.
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trivia info... Actually the screws and nuts that look like rivnuts used with binding paper are called sex bolts which have been renamed barrel nuts in the McMaster Carr catalog - http://www.mcmaster.com/ - search for sex bolts. My paper version of the catalog (5 years old) list them as sex bolts.
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Aluminum rivnuts and stainless steel bolts/screws may bind. Also crimp the rivnuts as tight as you can so they don't spin when tightening or loosening the bolts/screws. You can get rivnuts with crimping area knurled to reduce spinning. Check McMaster Carr.
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Since I dont realy have a glove compartment I was going to put my fuse and relay center locked away in there. Velcro sounds like a good idea.
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best way to mount fuse panel
You can get a Marston brand tool for setting rivnuts / threaded inserts from Snap on truck, and the inserts from NAPA. You will love it!!