View Full Version : Bolting shelves to the interior

07-10-2019, 04:19 PM
2003 T1N Passenger Van

Planning to attach some shelving to the interior of the van, and hope to leave the upholstered panels in place. Is there a schematic which reveals where the steel frame members are located, so I'll know where to drill. (perhaps a carpenter's stud-finder will work?)

I doubt sheet-metal screws would be adequate, can anyone recommend a threaded insert which is best for this application,?

Thanks for any advice.

07-10-2019, 04:57 PM
rivnuts, do a forum or google search.

Its possible a stud finder will work, they do use them on steel studs.

07-10-2019, 09:48 PM
Find someone with a T1N cargo van without panels ... measure it.
The bodies didn't change from 2001 thru 2006.

--dick (whose 118" passenger van has the lower set exposed)

Matt Foley
07-10-2019, 10:20 PM
A neodymium magnet might work as a stud finder for that application...

I prefer Plus Nuts and I think they may work better if you're trying to apply them thru the wallboard. Rivnuts have a very shallow "bite collar" (for lack of a better term).

07-10-2019, 10:35 PM
Rivnuts should not be applied so that they are clamping the wall panel to the sheetmetal. You will need to drill a larger hole in the wall panel, and a smaller hole in the metal for the rivnut. The large hole needs to accommodate the rivnut tool you choose.