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Old 05-26-2005, 08:56 PM   #1
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get these seats out!!

Just bought a beautiful 1990 International. I hope to get started on the seats this weekend. Things are pretty rusty but it looks like a clear shot to the bolts from underneath. Got any tips and what supplies should I have.
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:00 AM   #2
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Besides having WD40 and the proper wrenches, I would also recommend having a grinder just in case your bolts don't come out. In fact, I would probably go with the grinder if the bolts don't come out easily.
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:03 AM   #3
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We just removed the seats from our 1992 Ward.

We hit the undersides with WD-40 first, then from inside the bus we used a strong drill with a socket while someone held a wrench on the nut under the bus. Some came loose, some snapped, seemed to work pretty well & quick.

A couple absolutely would not budge, so I cut the heads off of the bolt with a grinder and cutting disc and punched them through with a screwdriver.
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i found that grinding the heads off was the easiest. Other than drilling new holes and mounting the seats back in it was the worst part of our conversion
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Old 05-29-2005, 09:33 AM   #5
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we are starting out today on the seats. i have an air compressor with a socket attachment. i am going to try that first on her underside. i will need to do some prep to uncover the nuts under the mud and rust. i'll let you all know how it goes.
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Go with a grinder!!! They are fast and only take one person (for some a necessity )

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Old 05-29-2005, 05:55 PM   #7
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If your seat vinyl is in good condition, save it. I'm fixing to make curtains out of mine. You could make tool bags or other things from it, too.
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If you decide to use a grinder, please use some sort of lung protection. The metal dust is not good for your lungs or sinuses. (Sinii?)
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after 7 hours of trying to undo the bolts my dad was finally willing to let me try the dreaded grinder. a tool he deems the most dangerous. and we were able to get 7 seats out in 30 minutes. i told him you all said the grinder but he thought it was crazy. oh well, now we know. the grinder is a bit intense. i have a full face mask and i will get a mask for the dust.
pulled up all the rubber under the removed seats to find some pretty wet rotted plywood. so i guess once all the seats are out i will be putting new plywood down, and then flooring. is there anything i should know about taking the flooring up? what about all those holes? oh, i also have two heaters i have heard mixed discussion about removing them. what do you all think?
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oh, i also have two heaters i have heard mixed discussion about removing them. what do you all think?
If you live where it snow keep them! The heater in these buses work very well, especially when you have filled up your bus with walls, beds, and junk.

I have propane, electric, and the origninal engine water waters on my bus. The propane works well and will heat it up in a hurry, but if you are going to be driving or running the engine for power anyways, it makes sense to use those nice engine water heaters.

In my experience the electric heaters are good for maintaining temperature, they don't seem to heat the bus up as well and require a LOT of power.
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