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RichardRWatson 06-20-2007 12:04 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
I just went through that process. My bolts were very rusted and some broke off while trying to remove them so I basically finished the job with a grinder. I had a fire extinguisher at hand, and wore safety goggles ;-)

After removing the seats, i drive the remainder of the bolts out from the top with a punch, and sealed the holes with caulking.

Rick

Firearm 06-20-2007 05:02 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
A grinder is probably the most common way of getting them out if a socket won't do it for you.

oldog12 06-20-2007 06:43 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
I tried an air chisel, drill, socket/vise grips and finally a grinder.... Grinder works best... Wear goggles and a respirator, I think the dust and other stuff from the grinder is, well, nasty....

GoneCamping 06-20-2007 09:27 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
I also tried many methods, and found the angle grinder to work the best and fastest. There is one guy over at another bus board that insists using a maul head and a sledge hammer works, but the few I tried that with just bent the floor up a little.

I'll also ditto the safety glasses, a pair of gloves as those sparks fly everywhere...and I didn't have a respirator, but I did use a surgical mask as the crud, smoke and burnt rubber will turn your nostrils black!! (I learned that the hard way)

the_experience03 06-20-2007 09:40 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by oldog12
I tried an air chisel, drill, socket/vise grips and finally a grinder.... Grinder works best... Wear goggles and a respirator, I think the dust and other stuff from the grinder is, well, nasty....

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Protective clothing is over rated. All those sparks help keep you warm when you're grinding in February. Mmm...just to listen to that bus purr is glorious.

frank-id 06-22-2007 11:43 AM

Re: Seat removal...... FIRE
 
I just purchased a Blue Bird bus. The rear seats were a reasonable task. My sweetheart on the inside and me under the bus. After about 6 seats, different method. I used a acetylene/oxygen cutting torch. My wife's chore was to cool anything on fire and the seat legs, with a garden sprayer filled with water. The job was very quick and painless. Nothing caught fire. The seats were mounted to a bus side wall and the fasteners were easy to remove after the seat bottoms were removed. The leg bolts thru the floor were 5/16 inch diameter and cut very quickly with the torch. Total time to remove seats and throw out the rear was less than 2 hours. My wife is the perfect helper. I'm gonna modify some seats by cutting off some legs and welding to others so as to allow seats to free stand on the shop floor. No one seems to want school bus seats. Frank

oldog12 06-22-2007 12:20 PM

Re: Seat removal...... FIRE
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by frank-id
I No one seems to want school bus seats. Frank

... Ain't THAT the truth :? :? :?

bdavis441 07-04-2007 10:16 AM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
My small town has a community cleanup day once a year where they supply roll-off dumpsters all day long for free. I just piled the seats up behind the garage until clean up day and then tossed them all for free.

KC10Chief 07-10-2007 05:49 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
I would NOT use an O/A torch just to get your seats out. Sounds like a great way to burn your bus to the ground. If your international is anything like mine, the bolts go all the way through the floor and there's a nut underneath the floor outside the bus. So, you'd have to have two people to get them out. But I just bought a nice little Dewalt angle grinder and made quick work of it. Using an angle grinder makes you feel like a man anyways. :D But definately wear eye, hand and ear protection. Angle grinders on old seat bolts are LOUD!!! :o

bus-bro 07-10-2007 10:31 PM

Re: Seat removal - best method?
 
Don't know what all the fuuss is about.

I used 4 "vise grips" from harbor frieght, and me down below on a ratchet wrench. A 78 passenger skoolie = 1 man day.


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