Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cargo Storage Nets


Part of the fun of having my new Scion xB is 
installing the various accessories available for it.
Shortly after purchase 
I bought the official floor mats 
 and trunk mat.

Then later I had the fog lights installed.

Today in the rear cargo area,
it was time to install the 
C-Pillar Cargo Storage Nets.
I ordered them from a Scion dealer
out of state because of their better pricing.

The Scion xB comes with these little niches
on each side of the rear c-pillars. 

They are useless till you 
purchase the cargo nets.
I wanted to save about $100 in labor to 
have them installed and do it myself.
It requires drilling and that's a little intimidating, 
but after reading a few online how to posts,
I reckoned I could do it.
Locating a 15mm (or 9/16) hole saw 
was the most difficult process, 
I had to special order it online from 
The Home Depot for $6.77 HERE along with 
the shank mandrel for $5.99 HERE.  
Free shipping if it goes to your local store.
The mandrel holds the hole saw onto the drill,
and will saw a 15mm disk out of the car.
The kit comes with the paper templates
needed to show you where to drill.
as well as simple directions.
I started by taping the templates
 into the appropriate corners,
on both sides.
Then I grabbed a punch all,
for punching the starter holes.
After all four holes where punched 
I removed the templates.
Next I had to drill starter holes with a 4mm
(5/32) bit.
I couldn't find a recommended drill stopper, 
so I just depended 
on my ability to not drill too far in.
Be sure to lay a drop cloth down to catch
all the curly shavings.
Now the scary part...
the hole saw!!
A very tense moment....
Hey there's a steel threaded hole in there 
waiting for my cargo nets!
That hole was messy but in the right place.
After I cleaned them up, I was ready to 
insert the net frames
Here are the M6 X 36 bolts
The net frame pegs lineup perfectly
and the bolts screw right in!

And finally the caps, 
they pop right in,
and finish the look.
After I finished one side completely
I repeated the steps on the other side.
Here's where the mishap happened!!!
I let the hole saw go too far in on one hole 
and it nicked the threads on the inner hole.
Then I damaged the the tip of the 
bolt threads trying to force it in.
A very sick feeling came over me.
I thought all was lost till 
I called my Dad and he suggested a tap.
What's a TAP???
I ran to The Home Depot and found this...
It's a Tap and Die kit for fixing threads.
It carves threads back into bolts and holes.
Tap for holes and Die for bolts
This little kit was for metric and had
a 6M size set, just what I needed.
It worked like a charm!
Best $17.97 I ever spent.
Thanks Dad! 
Aren't dads the best?
Once that trauma was over I finished up
this side of the cargo area.
The big question is what to use these
C-Pillar Cargo Nets for?

Then I got an idea...

They were perfect

for carrying some....

Easter Eggs!

Double Ta-Daaa!!

Thanks for stopping in and
hope you're having a 
great Easter season!

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