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Old 02-21-2011, 05:27 PM   #1
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SCREWS THRU THE VAN FLOOR

Has anyone else noticed the dozen or so screws protruding about 1/2" through the bottom of the van floor on an SMB West build? Any concerns over it? Van body isn't showing signs of rust even though the tip of at least one screw looks rusty to me. The scews don't seem to be poking into anything. I assume they are there to hold the wood floor base in place. Might scratch a mechanic depending on what kind of work they are doing, but my Ford service dealer mechanics didn't seem to be bothered by it.
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:51 PM   #2
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Mine has it too. I ended up putting some silicone seal around them - just in case.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:53 PM   #3
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Most of my DYI cabinets and stuff is attached to the floor that way. My van is 10 years old now and I have never seen a problem and I have removed and reinstalled a few things over the years. The part of the screw extending below the van gets rusty but inside the van no indication of rust or moisture.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Some of those screws went through my fuel system parts and caused about a year's worth of grief before the problems were fiqured out. SMB didn't find the problems but followed through on the $$$.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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Anytime I added a screw(s) that were going through the floor I would check, measure and recheck before installing them. No desire to increase work by 10X.
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Old 02-27-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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Some of those screws went through my fuel system parts and caused about a year's worth of grief before the problems were fiqured out.
Hey dowgars, can you describe what problems occured so we all know what might happen?

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Old 02-28-2011, 01:45 PM   #7
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Dave, I was thinking of asking this question too, but I'm going under the van to find each and every one of those screws now that a potential problem has surfaced...
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Please report back what you find Joey.
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:20 PM   #9
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INSPECTION RESULTS (got the van up on a lift at my Ford dealer during routine maintenance visit):

~20 SMB West installed screws (6 gauge?) visible beneath van
Various depths, from 1/2" to 1" protrusion
Five rows of five screws roughly every two feet from rear to front floor covering
About 6" apart from driver to passenger side
None close to anything mounted to the underside of the van
May be a few screws hidden inside rear I-beam, gas tank, and grey water tank
(seems like sufficient clearance from floor to top of tank to keep it from being a problem)

CONCLUSION: do nothing

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