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Old 09-30-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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Re: Removing those seats

There really are only two options. If you have a partner you could have them crawl underneath and hold the nuts with a wrench while you zip the bolts out from the inside. You could use a ratchet, but hopefully you have an impact if that's what you want to do. If you have a bus like mine where you're not going to be able to get many of them in that method (unless I snapped the bolts off) then the grinder is the next best thing. That's how I got all of mine out. I'd love to say it's quick and easy, but honestly...seat removal followed by removal of the old floor was easily the worst part of the whole conversion. At the same time I'm glad I got that out of the way first. Take your time and do it right. You want a good, solid foundation to work up from. As the seats starting coming out I'd be willing to bet the excitement will grow for you. I know mine did even as the days dragged on...
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Old 09-30-2008, 11:25 PM   #2
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I used the vise grip method. Bought a few a Harbor Freieght and put them on the bolt heads and went down below with a ratchet wrench. I probably had less corrosion than most, because it went pretty easy. Prying up the floor was some hard work. Removing the goo that stuck the lettering to the outer shell took some time, until I found the right solvent.
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:22 AM   #3
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I used the vise grip method. Bought a few a Harbor Freieght and put them on the bolt heads and went down below with a ratchet wrench. I probably had less corrosion than most, because it went pretty easy. Prying up the floor was some hard work. Removing the goo that stuck the lettering to the outer shell took some time, until I found the right solvent.
What solvent did you use?
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Old 10-01-2008, 10:41 AM   #4
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Ez off oven cleaner will loosen the stickers without damageing the paint, alcohol usually will cut the sticky goo or use laquer thinner.
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Old 10-01-2008, 12:44 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip. I've been trying to remove all of the glue for the last two years.
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Think I finally used alcohol, will try oven cleaner next time.
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:13 AM   #7
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Re: Removing those seats

a four & a half inch angle grinder is the only way to go, tried the air hammer vise grip routine, didn't work so good
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Interesting. I was considering 2 methods: Angle grinder or I have a compressor and a cut off tool(harbor freight---really inexpensive). Once you have an air cut off tool, you will wonder what you did all that time without one. And the replacement heads are EXPENSIVE...$.79 each on average at Harbor Freight. Here is a thought for you as I use a similar method. I purchase long threaded rods from Lowes, screw 2 nuts on and the cut the rod to size. When you remove the nuts it re-threads the ends and you have an inexpensive custom bolt. When I was told this secret I thought they were crazy. Now I always have them on hand. And you can for a few dollars purchase bulk contractor packs of nuts and bolts. I keep assorted sizes of nuts in 1 jar and washers (flat & locking) in another. They are recycled plastic large Prego sauce jars. I was thinking of cutting the head off and adding a nut as needed to the seat bolts to be able to recycle them. I'm the one you see whose wife asks what are you picking up now. I walk thru the parking lot picking up screws, washers, bolts etc for my collection. And when I do use them, she looks the other way cause she knows the "I told you so" is coming.

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Old 02-06-2009, 10:31 PM   #9
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Re: Removing those seats

if you go the cut-off wheel route save the discs by cutting the head of the bolt in half vertically then switch to an air chisel and the head will pop right off the bolt then drive the bolt down and out with the air chisel
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my girlfriend (she was under the bus, little hands and all) and i had the seats out in a couple of hours using a battery drill and a dogbone wrench, air impact will probably save some life on your battery drill motor though. dude was right about the angle grinder, you will need one with a nice wire brush attachment (get the kind with the twisted bristles) when you get the plywood out. what did u all use to fill the bolt holes, and reseal the floor?
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