Removing school bus seats and old flooring

School bus seat removal

The bus was $3200 from an individual on Craigslist. The person I got it from had purchased it from the local school district. The body is in good shape and the 5.9l Cummins diesel engine runs well for having over 200,000 miles.

 

Buying the school bus

Buying the school bus

I experimented with several different methods of removing the seats before committing to grinding the bolt heads off with a grinder. Just make sure to go overboard on the safety gear. Grinder disk can blow up and cause serious injury. Go with a face shield instead of just goggles.

 

School bus seat removal

School bus seat removal

I experimented with different ways of removing the old plywood flooring. The screws were rusted and difficult to remove. The 4-foot Harbor Freight crowbar was labor intensive and I didn’t want to risk an injury early in the conversion project. Lifting the floor with a floor jack ended up being the solution that worked best. Then a Ryobi cordless sawzall worked well to breakdown the plywood into manageable sections. The youtube video below gives you an idea of how it went.

The craigslist Gigs section worked well for finding people to haul away the old seats and floor. It only cost about $80 to get it all hauled away. The seats were picked up by a guy who intended to upcycle them.

 

bus floor and seat removal

bus floor and seat removal

school bus seat removal

school bus seat removal

The next step was to clean the floor and paint the rust spots with Ruststop primer that came from Ace hardware. School bus floor sprayed with Ruststop primer

Want your own self-hosted WordPress blog like this one? Web design is how I pay for The Bus Experience. Feel free to call, text, or email me for help with making your website ideas a reality.

Click here for the next post covering the subfloor install