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Old 02-02-2019, 05:36 PM   #1
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help! wheelchair seatbelt track

I have no idea how to take this thing of with these rivets... any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:46 PM   #2
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PB Blaster for a day, whack them with a hammer and then use an appropriate size allen socket on an impact.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:53 PM   #3
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Ive tried everything and found this to work best. I use 2 drill bits (cant recall the size rn), pin punch, hammer/maul and chisel. 1. Pin punch center of each and every rivet 2. Drill through each rivet hole with smaller bit. 3. Set Chisel behind Ltrack create tension between inside/outside of rivet 4. Drill through each rivet hole with slightly larger bit (Should pop with all that tension)

Sounds arduous, but itll go real fast if you’re doin it right. Hope this helps man. It was soooo frustrating for me, i tried angle grinder and just about every method other. Now onto the floor tracks. AyAyAy!

Is that an 03 Chevy by chance?
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:01 PM   #4
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Wow, fantastic stuff, why would you want to remove them?

Seen designs with shelving or carrier bags or airline style cabinets hung on them, can move around as needed when the layout changes.

Even movable insulated windows infill, wood-lined wall panels. . .
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:04 PM   #5
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Do you need to remove the rails to remove the wall panel? If not, then leave on and replace the wall panel with some wood to improve whatever insulation you use (no metal thermal bridge).

I'm curious if you need to remove the rails, as I have the same thing in my bus and just haven't gotten to the side rails yet (still working on the pesky floor rails - 4 on EACH SIDE), and I'm wondering what joy I have waiting for me up top.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:20 PM   #6
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The alum rivits holding the panels are drilling out easily once the center is punched thru with a 1/8” pin punch. These rails are held in by steel rivits with steel centers. Cant punch thru with pin punch and too tough to drill out. They go into steel frame and prevent removal of sheet metal sides. Raising roof about 12” and replacing all interior sheet metal with wood paneling after adding dynamat and insulation. Cabinets going in in this side. Dont need rails. Its a 99 E350 with Collins body.
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Old 02-02-2019, 08:28 PM   #7
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Angle grinder through the head.
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:33 PM   #8
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Hmm i was using a small sledge hammer with the pin punch and they popped out pretty easy.. Im 98% sure the rivets were steel, definetely not aluminum because i could hardly get through them with an angle grinder. Then find a drill bit hardly bigger than the whole and then up in size so that the bit hardly as any stripping to do.
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Old 02-02-2019, 09:40 PM   #9
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farok, I think you’ll find that the rails are all attached to the frame, which is unfortunate for us. I’m working on the floor tracks now, also 4 on each side, seems a lot trickier than the wall tracks��
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Old 02-02-2019, 10:18 PM   #10
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Not what I was looking to hear, but thanks. I like the idea of punching out the center of the rivets then drilling. Hope that works well for me.
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