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Old 01-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #1
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What did you do with your seats?

Once I get my bus, I'm trying to come up with ideas on what to do with the seats. I've read other conversion threads where people document removing their seats and lot of them involve "grinders"? It seems to be a lot of work to remove the seats, especially that many. A couple of ideas I've come up with thus far:

- Remove them and take them to a scrap yard. This should generate a little cash.
- Sell them on Craigslist or Ebay?

If I put an ad on Craigslist, I am weighing selling them for cash, or just making them free, and having anyone interested in coming out and removing it themselves. This would save me labor. What did everyone else do?
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

sometimes the school dists want them if they are really good.
i sold some for a guy to put in his picnic area.
and my neighbor got several of the cushions to start the fire in his shop stove...
just saying..
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Old 01-02-2013, 09:12 AM   #3
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

The ones you sold, what did you get for them, and who took them out?
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:46 AM   #4
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

Gave them to a friend who trashed the seat cushions & took the metal to the scrappers.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #5
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

Stonestatue, here is my two cents worth. TANSTAAFL is alive and well (There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch)! If you actually can find a buyer who will pay for the seats and take them out I want to go to Vegas with you. Just kidding. You may well be time and money ahead just taking the seats out yourself and selling them for scrap. I'd be concerned about having just anybody remove the seats for you unless you have a heafty insurance package to protect you. Jack
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:58 PM   #6
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

Remove the seats yourself (with a friend to help). It will give you a great sense of accomplishment.
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

I'm a pack rat, I still have about half of them, in the barn. The rest have been cut up, the steel has come in very handy for many of the things I seen to need brackets for.. I'm saving the foam, but not sure why.
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Old 01-03-2013, 11:42 AM   #8
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

We used the foam in the bunks. Then put a 1" topper over them...presto!
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:17 PM   #9
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:07 PM   #10
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

Seats and wheelchair lifts are hard to give away, much less sell. Recycling the metal seems to be the way to go.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #11
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

It is very wise to re-use the foam in the bus seats. If you were to buy new foam, you would be frightened at the cost.

Also the metal frames can be made into many things. A welding device would most likely be needed. However, if you are clever, you can get by with a hack saw and bolts and nuts.

A HACK SAW? Yeah, I know that that is unreasonable. I would use a jig saw or a sawzall with a metal blade, then I would use a hammer to flatten the ends with a big hammer.

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Old 01-13-2013, 05:52 PM   #12
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

I'd take a few off your hands. But your probably nowhere near Nebraska
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #13
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

If I get a bus in or near Nebraska, I'll keep you in mind.
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

I tore mine apart, trash for the cushions and scrapper for the frames... I build a lot of stuff out of steel and the seat frames were worth more to me as scrap... They are a pain to store and takes a lot of work to cut them up for material...

As far as new foam goes, the Home Depot up here has bunkbed sized 4" thick 30"x74" for $20... Fred Meyer has a bunch of sizes for reasonable prices...

The wheel chair lift is sitting behind the shed for now... I have some ideas for using the hydraulics... And the expanded metal will get used for something, that stuff is spendy...
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Re: What did you do with your seats?

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I tore mine apart, trash for the cushions and scrapper for the frames... I build a lot of stuff out of steel and the seat frames were worth more to me as scrap... They are a pain to store and takes a lot of work to cut them up for material...

As far as new foam goes, the Home Depot up here has bunkbed sized 4" thick 30"x74" for $20... Fred Meyer has a bunch of sizes for reasonable prices...

The wheel chair lift is sitting behind the shed for now... I have some ideas for using the hydraulics... And the expanded metal will get used for something, that stuff is spendy...
Do you have a link to the foam?I looked on website and my Google-foo must be off today
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:19 PM   #16
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I saw them at the store, not online... Lorna might have info about them since she works there... Next time i'm there I'll take a pic of the sku#...
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Cool,thanks
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interesting scales

I sold 20 pounds of pecans yesterday for $18.00 (90 cents/pound). I don't even water the tree. The only effort spent by me on those pecans was picking them up off of the ground and delivering them to the pecan buyer.

I sold my 800 pounds of steel seats in May for $50.56 (a little more than 6 cents a pound). Lots more effort on my part and on the part of the folks that created the steel.

Economy of scale, I guess.
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By the time we had half the seats out some dudes came and asked if they could take em!
Saved me from having to even haul them to the road!
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