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Old 02-26-2019, 08:44 PM   #11
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Plasma cutter is your friend.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:11 AM   #12
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grind

Grind the heads off and then punch them through the holes. If these holes go through the bus you will want to fill in the holes with a welder. Moisture and air will get in these holes causing you a massive rust issue in the future. I cheap mig welder from Harbor freight will be suffice.
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Old 02-27-2019, 07:54 PM   #13
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There are no heads to cut off, sadly. this is a wheel chair accessible bus so the seats are moveable on L-tracks which are secured with button head cap screws to the floor ... nut destruction is the only option.
However, a plasma cutter might work for the heads ... you think it's possible just to cut the heads off??? there wouldn't be any adverse consequences such as sparks jumping out the other side, under the bus and hopping into my gasline, blowing me to kingdom come???
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:33 PM   #14
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To the OP.
I know what a pain those tracks are to remove. Your method of prying it up enough to get a sawsall blade in there sounds pretty good to me.

My fastest method was to use angle grinder with a thin cutting wheel. ( went through about 20 discs)
From the side, cut through that bolt head and all the way through the rail. I cut every other one. (Saved time)
I took a big hammer to the cut and pounded it several times until the section started to rotate. Note: some times I’d have to go back and cut through the head just a little better to get it to break free.

I had rubber strips under my rails. I’d start to pull, rip, cut and tear these rubber strips out of the way. Then, with a nice gap under the remaining bolt head it was a breeze to cut off.

I have an 8 window bus and put in 5 to 7 hour days on it. Took me 10 or more days to get the rails out. Of coarse it wasn’t until I got to the second side that I came up with this method after trying a half dozen others first.

4 rails per side running the length of the bus and a rusted bolt every 4 inches.

What a total pain in the A##.
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Old 03-03-2019, 07:54 AM   #15
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hey team!
finally found a way to get 'em out quick, easy and in the heat of my bus. i'm using a bi-metal hole saw to cut the soft aluminum around the the button head cap screw. once i cut the around all the bhcs then i lift the track out (nice and easy ... no bending or forcing). i crow-bar all the plywood around it thus exposing the head of the bhcs and go to town with the angle grinder. then punch the headless bolt through et voila! now there's the empty nihilist space in which i can create anything my heart desires. remove everything (all 8 tracks, plywood and bolts) should take about 2-3 hours. i'll post pics and more detailed explanation later.
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i found this way saved the structural integrity of the track the best. however, there are big holes in the track on everything fourth or fifth bolt position ... not sure if i can still sell it.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:18 AM   #16
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(make sure that track isn't magnesium! if it catches fire it cant be put out!)

use cutting torch! sometimes you just have to use the right tool for the job however i used a cut off wheel at an angle i kept roughing the edge up on the edge of a hard piece stainless then got the track cut out of my way around the bolts then cut the bolts those tracks arent run of the mill aluminum i wouldnt say i tried cutting them with a skill saw but i lost half of the teeth first go same with the seats i whacked the posts off with a Sawzall and then i made a jig for my hole saw to ride in and snipped the heads of the bolts off i didnt try it on the wheelchair tracks by the sounds they are hardened steel grade 8? might try cut off wheel in a circular saw too might give you more reach at an angle so you can plunge cut them start at the edge of the bolt head at a 45 deg angle and cut until the bolt shaft is cut off did this make any sense because it did in my head?!
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Old 03-03-2019, 09:21 PM   #17
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here you go team ... better explained process of what worked pretty well for me ...


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