The last 4 seats in the bus went out in a second, 2 days of practice and Phil had seat removal down to a science. We piled all of the seats in a very satisfying pile and had them tarped by our mid-morning break.
I had tried to start the screws with a hand screwdriver because the electric drill couldn’t grip enough and would strip them, but I just couldn’t get enough pressure to start them. Phil went through and loosened the ones he could but so many were stuck that he ended up putting a metal grinding wheel on the angle grinder and took to grinding them off. Rivets fixed on the ceiling panels except for at the very front and very back. As well, around the rear exit and front door screws could be found more often then rivets.
Removing Ceiling Panels
Once you have all of the centers punched out of the rivets and have chiseled off the rivet heads you can pry the metal panel to ensure its loose.
Where the ceiling panels meet the window they are covered with a long piece of metal that looks like an eaves trough in a way. Behind this are the wires for the lights. They are held on with screws, through not all can be loosened and unscrewed so you will need to grind the remaining screws off. This needs to be removed before the panels can come down.