If you happen to own a van, one of the challenges you might face is how to ensure that it’s customized in such a manner that it will turn out to be practical and useful. An example of this is when you want to fit more seats in it, or to change the configuration of […]

If you happen to own a van, one of the challenges you might face is how to ensure that it’s customized in such a manner that it will turn out to be practical and useful. An example of this is when you want to fit more seats in it, or to change the configuration of seats in the van. There are many reasons why this might be necessary, including when you want to use it for specialized purposes such as tours. In addition to that, you can also use it to conform to the local regulations in your city. Either way, you need to make sure that the process of fitting seats in the van is done with care.

What are the problems associated with installing seats in your van?

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One of the challenges you are likely to face when you don’t fit the seats properly is compromised safety. When the seats are not bolted in place properly, they are likely to move about too much. This means that in case of an emergency stop, there will be real risk of some of the passengers being thrown around the car even if they have safety belts on. In addition to that, you will also find that this compromises the structural integrity of the van. Seats that move about too much tend to damage the floor of the van, which means that you may need to repair them sooner rather than later.

 

What are some of the important things you need to take note of when fitting the seats?

If you are in the process of fitting seats in the van, some of the important issues you need to take into account include:

  • Make sure you use the correct fasteners: always ensure that the fasteners used for the application are the right ones. Getting products such as Inconel socket head cap screws and nitronic 50 socket set screws will increase the likelihood of the seat staying in place for long.
  • Make sure the torque settings are correct: when you are fastening the seats, ensure that you use the right amount of torque for the fasteners. This will depend on the types of fasteners you have bought. This also means that it would be wise for you to use a fastener that can provide torque readings.
  • Use the designated fastening slots: most vans will have designated slots through which the fasteners can be placed. Most of the time, these are strengthen points of contact that are usually within the van’s chassis. Creating other holes through which you can insert the fasteners will only increase the risk of the fastener coming undone, since it will not be very secure.
  • Always use corrosion resistant products: when buying the fasteners, always get those that are corrosion resistant. These tend to last much longer, especially since the floor of the van is likely to be exposed to lots of humidity.

If you are not sure about how to correctly go about the installation of the seats in the vans, you can always consult a car interior modification shop. The main point is that you should avoid taking risks when fastening them.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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