FW: Mounting LT Mirror

 

 

From: Theo Weiss [mailto:teows@melbpc.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 November 2013 4:51 PM
To: 'Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: Mounting LT Mirror

 

Greg E.

 

My large mirror from Glassic Parts finally arrived.

A question on mounting it - I know how Ken did it-very carefully predrilled for

self-tapping  screws. Is that how you did it or are there threaded inserts available?

Thanks

Theo

 

Theo, I fitted mine with self taper screws at the top and long s/s machine screws at the bottom with nuts inside the door to make them anti theft. I have just bought a nutsert tool off ebay ,as Brent described, so I may revisit the top mounting. They are cheap and a good tool to have. If you are not interested in owning one self tapers are fine. Here is the thread (pardon the pun).


On Monday, 25 November 2013 5:43 PM, Theo Weiss <teows@melbpc.org.au> wrote:
 
 
 
From: Theo Weiss [mailto:teows@melbpc.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 November 2013 4:51 PM
To: 'Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: Mounting LT Mirror
 
Greg E.
 
My large mirror from Glassic Parts finally arrived.
A question on mounting it - I know how Ken did it-very carefully predrilled for
self-tapping  screws. Is that how you did it or are there threaded inserts available?
Thanks
Theo
 


Hi Theo,

No self tappers on mine thank you ... that method was not at all to my liking for this project into sheet metal. 

I tapped the three threaded holes for each plate to suit fine pitch metal thread stainless steel screws, purchased from a local specialist supplier. I chose countersunk/security type heads for the screws.

The trick for this method is to first accurately find/test on the workbench a thread tapper that produces a best fit for the screw thread ... it's surprising how different tappers give from too large to too small a tapping. In the end I found amongst my screw collection a self tapping metal thread screw that produced precision sized thread tappings to best suit.

So I didn't need to opt for the nut insert method, particularly as I didn't have the gear to do it that way anyway.

I'm still very happy with the chosen method and result. I also successfully employed the same method for smaller metal thread screws to fasten D handles onto the rear hatch. I find having these D handles in place invaluable.

Cheers.

Ken



To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
From: teows@melbpc.org.au
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 17:43:34 +1100
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] FW: Mounting LT Mirror

 

 

 

From: Theo Weiss [mailto:teows@melbpc.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 25 November 2013 4:51 PM
To: 'Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com'
Subject: Mounting LT Mirror

 

Greg E.

 

My large mirror from Glassic Parts finally arrived.

A question on mounting it - I know how Ken did it-very carefully predrilled for

self-tapping  screws. Is that how you did it or are there threaded inserts available?

Thanks

Theo

 


G'day all
You can buy a riv-nut kit for less than fifty bucks. The riv-nuts are installed as easily as a pop-rivet, but are much stronger.
Mine has an assortment of sizes to suit screws and bolts from 3 mm to 8 mm, and came with an installation tool and a hundred or more assorted riv-nuts.
If the riv-nut is spinning, it wasn't installed with enough muscle. Just re-insert the tool and squeeze it a bit tighter.
It is one of the handiest tools in the shed for adding fixtures to the van, especially in places where you can't get behind the panel to install a nut.
They also allows for easy dis-assembly. Great for furniture and fittings that you want to remove from the van when not touring.
They are very strong if installed properly, A couple of 8mm high-tensile bolts and riv-nuts, installed with large washers behind them, are a great way to anchor heavy items like a fridge.
They are totally unobtrusive when the fridge is removed, and can be filled with a plastic plug to make them look like a factory fitting.
Extra riv-nuts are readily available at any good tool or engineering shop.
Don't forget to paint the holes after you have drilled them, to prevent corrosion, as bare steel and aluminium don't mix.
Buy one!
Cheers, Roger [Beetle] Bayley.