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Old 04-16-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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How to remove seat belt track

I have successfully removed all the seats in my '97 thomas vista 3600 and am moving on to the walls and ceiling. The seat belt tracks running down each side at the top of the walls/base of ceiling are proving almost impossible to remove. They have been attached with a number of 6 sided screws and the strongest drill I can find will not remove some of them. I have burned through a number of drill bits and have not been able to remove half. Does any one have a better way to get this stubborn screws to budge? Many Thanks
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:42 AM   #2
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You could use an angle grinder. It got to the point where I wouldn't even make the feeble attempt at removing each screw. Each one got zipped of real quick instead of trying to unscrew them and then having to resort to the grinder.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:02 PM   #3
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Trying again! We are still running into trouble. Unfortunately we do not have an angle grinder. We attempted to cut with a circular saw but it appears it just does not work. We can not get these out no matter what drill we use. These screws are six sided and a varied selection of sizes (we've had to use 3 different sized drill bits). We have gotten about half out and now they wont budge! Please, any help would be amazing!
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:04 PM   #4
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How exactly did you remove them with an angle grinder? The screws are flush to the metal and are tucked behind two metal lips making them almost impossible to reach.
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Why are you trying to drill them out? Get the appropriate screw head and take them out. To remove them with an angle grinder you have to cut down the middle the the track. Once the trace is separated into two pieces, you can cut the bolt heads off.
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Old 04-17-2017, 01:19 PM   #6
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We are using the correct drill bit. (Sorry if my lingo is incorrect. I say "drill" whenever I am using a drill) But we are using the correct drill bit for each of the screws. They will not move though. Some did with excessive force but about half won't move.
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You may find it easier to work from beneath the bus. Those screws in the L-track don't seem to be designed to simply unscrew because they appear to have a nut on the underside of the floor.

I'm confused. I bought this special needs bus because the entire floor was covered with L-track. Yes the L-track is a pain when trying to clean the floor. The aluminum strip is like stepping on ice during the winter with bare feet.
On the other hand when I have a large water spill the L-track channels the water toward either the front or back doors. I'm trying to keep the L-track so I can tie things down inside the bus. I'm considering insulating the floor from underneath, which would become fact if I go further north.
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You may find it easier to work from beneath the bus. Those screws in the L-track don't seem to be designed to simply unscrew because they appear to have a nut on the underside of the floor.

I'm confused. I bought this special needs bus because the entire floor was covered with L-track. Yes the L-track is a pain when trying to clean the floor. The aluminum strip is like stepping on ice during the winter with bare feet.
On the other hand when I have a large water spill the L-track channels the water toward either the front or back doors. I'm trying to keep the L-track so I can tie things down inside the bus. I'm considering insulating the floor from underneath, which would become fact if I go further north.


Insulating underneath will be harder because all of the components under the bus. Just reinstall the tracks onto floor studs.


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Old 04-18-2017, 09:14 AM   #10
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I am actually referring to the tracks that are on the walls/ceiling that my seat belts hooked into so I wouldn't be able to reach them from under the bus. Also it appears the 8 screws that are left were stripped when they were put in that is why none of the 6 sided bits will fit. We tried yesterday to access the screws from behind with a metal cutting blade but the strip is held to closely to the wall to access it. The one screw we were able to access only wore the blade down (yes it is a metal cutting blade) but the screw still didnt budge!
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