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Old 05-06-2015, 08:14 PM   #1
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The Reverend G way to remove seat bolts

I decided that removing the seat bolts by cutting off the head was going to be a bummer and getting someone to work with me to unbolt them was going to delay my progress.
I drove a flat pry bar under the leading edge of the leg flange, took my impact and just bumped the bolt once or twice, then swatted the bar again with the hammer until it would not go under any further, then bump the impact again a couple of quick shots. maybe making one full turn of the bolt.
I did this a couple of times until I could get my trim removal tool under the head of the bolt, then put a lot of pressure against the tool to pry the bolt up and hold the nut tightly against the under side of the bus. I bumped the impact a few times and when I felt the bolt coming up I run it up with a couple of longer bursts on the impact.

The first couple I did I got in to big of a hurry and was not able to keep the nut held tight against the bottom of the bus, but I was able to get it up high enough that my cut off wheel slid under the bolt head and quickly cut the head of the bolt off.

on some after I got a couple of bolts out I could kind of rock the seat to get the bar under further to start off with, but usually just smacking it with the hammer was good.

I used a wobble socket on my impact but it was to wobbly so I wrapped it with black tape to keep it from wanting to flop all over.

seems to work ok for me and it leaves me with bolts to use other places.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:29 PM   #2
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Outside the box thinking...def. A lot cleaner and healthier than a bus full of grinding dust.....kinda makes for boring pictures tho......no fire and smoke ;)


Only a true wrench turner wraps wobble and u-joint sockets/extensions in electrical tape....to slow down and control the wobble....weebles wobble but they don't fall down.....thumbs up...great job
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:26 PM   #3
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That beats the heck out of what I did. I didn't have the tools to try it so I used a big fat flat screwdriver. After a few minutes of effort on a hot day, I gave up and waited till the weather and I cooled off, then I took my frustrations out with the grinder. You got off easier. Congratulations. Now, what are you going to do with all those seats? I traded half for some welding and the rest went to scrap for $18. I did save three.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:48 AM   #4
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But...but...but grinding is so much fun. Especially when you've got 6 bolts per seat on the aisle side. Thanks Amtran
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Old 05-07-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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But...but...but grinding is so much fun. Especially when you've got 6 bolts per seat on the aisle side. Thanks Amtran
The few Am tran buses I have seen were superior to any Thomas or BlueBird.

My friend owns a 07 that is like bus porn. I will take pics and post them at some point.

DT466 at 300hp and a MD3060 with the 6th gear right from the factory. It likes to cruse at 75 MPH.

Other buses get grounded in winter, this one is balanced so well, it just plows right through the drifts, and makes short work of the icy roads.

So in short, you likely have a great bus.

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Old 05-07-2015, 12:30 PM   #6
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The few Am tran buses I have seen were superior to any Thomas or BlueBird.

My friend owns a 07 that is like bus porn. I will take pics and post them at some point.

DT466 at 300hp and a MD3060 with the 6th gear right from the factory. It likes to cruse at 75 MPH.

Other buses get grounded in winter, this one is balanced so well, it just plows right through the drifts, and makes short work of the icy roads.

So in short, you likely have a great bus.

Nat
Thanks Nat. Just venting a little frustration. And when I cracked her open after this winter, she was dry as a bone. Plus the drive down from NL to Maine by the bus company and from Maine to NJ by me, she ran like a champ at a comfortable 60-65mph
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:27 AM   #7
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I agree, grinding is a ton of fun. Also, it sucks to dress for and to clean up.

Like you I did not have an extra set human hands in my seat removal project. So, I recruited vice grips.

Randomly, I had two sets of vice grips so I only had to make half as many trips shuttling under the chassis in order to set the grip.

Vice-grips are probably my favorite tool for working solo. They are very versatile and cheap to carry but if you use them irresponsibly you will strip nuts and worse.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:45 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=rhoyerboat; if you use them irresponsibly .*..[/QUOTE]

I love being irresponsible, especially with tools
I LOVE IT!
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