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Old 04-23-2016, 12:12 AM   #1
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So because I have ADD and have difficulty just sticking to one project, I jumped from bus 1 of 3, the 1981 International Wayne, to bus 3 of 3, the 1996 International Thomas. This one has seats.

O-M-G the seats! I have read all kinds of threads about this and the various ways to do it.
I tried to unscrew the bolts: I couldn't even get them to turn in the slightest.

I decided to butch it out: I love power tools but must admit the angle grinder scares me a little. With a hell of a lot of effort, I cut through two legs of the little seat in the back. Only to be left with the flipping bolt on the chair rail and of course the flanges and bolts on the floor from the two legs I cut through.

I am about to cry because I don't know if I'm not tough enough for this or just over frustrated. I've seen videos of you guys going through these seats like a hot knife through butter.

What the heck?!?!? Help a sister out!!!!
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:14 AM   #2
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:26 AM   #3
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What kind of grinder are you using?
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:28 AM   #4
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This is what I used with the best results.

Makita 7.5 Amp 4-1/2 in. Angle Grinder-9557NB - The Home Depot

Diablo 4-1/2 in. x 0.040 in. x 7/8 in. Thin Kerf Metal Cut-Off Disc-DBD045040101F - The Home Depot
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:39 AM   #5
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I am using a Dewalt AG with a thicker grinding wheel



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Old 04-23-2016, 12:40 AM   #6
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Don't be discouraged. I think you should try having someone under the bus holding a wrench on the nut. If you can't get the bolts to turn you can get a longer ratchet for better leverage. Try soaking the bolts with penetrating oil first. You can use what is called a breaker bar to break the bolts loose then use a ratchet. You can buy a battery or air operated (air compressor needed) impact gun to break them loose. You are just not using the right tools yet. Those bolts have been in there for 20 years and will take some doing to get them loose. If you keep asking for advice we will keep giving it to you. We will help you through this. If you go to Lowes or Home Depot or an automotive store they will be familiar with everything I have mentioned. Good luck and keep going!
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:44 AM   #7
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For cutting off old, rusty bolts...use a thin steel cutting disk, not a grinding disk. I have a couple of the same DeWalts..they work just fine.
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Old 04-23-2016, 12:45 AM   #8
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I also purchased this cutoff wheel instead of the metal grinding disk.



I didn't try it because I thought it was thin to cut through such heavy metal. Maybe that's not true?

Roadrunner: The reason I chose the AG method is that I don't have anyone to help right now to do the bolts from beneath. I did see one post where they cut through the tops of the bolts like a cross and then used an air chisel. I tried the AG, as I had it already. I looked for an air chisel at Lowe's but they had none.
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Old 04-23-2016, 01:08 AM   #9
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I know how that is. I'm doing my bus by myself too. The cutting disk will work but it will take a long time and a lot of disks. You'll get there though. Good luck.
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Just today I chopped an inch off of eight 9/16" U-Bolts using a thin cutting disk. Zipped right through them because they are not having to remove as much steel as a grinding disk would.
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