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Chap posted 12-10-2001 10:27 AM ET (US)   Profile for Chap   Send Email to Chap  
Hello all,
Before I get radical, someone may have some helpful insight.
I have an original pilot seat cushion to remove. All the bolts come out but one. They seem to blindly screw into a fixed nut or something inside the cushion itself. The last bolt spins, indicating to me that the fixed mounting "nut" must have come loose and is spinning inside the cushion. I can't really even get the bolt out enough to cut the head off, it spins inside a finish washer. Before I break out the saw, any advice out there? I figure if I get the head off, I'll just lift the cushion etc. off the base and deal with it over the winter.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Bigshot posted 12-10-2001 11:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
That is about it. Dremel the washer and screw right off. If you are re[placing cushion, get the whole deal from WhalerTim. I thought my wood was good until I took the seat apart.....Shongo!
whalertim posted 12-10-2001 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Chap, Bigshot is on the money!
The best way to get the RPS cushion off is to break out the Dremel. Hold the screw w/ a good pair of pliers and start cutting away at the screw head. You are right also, the fixed SS nut inside the RPS cushion has broke loose from the wood. It souldn't take but a couple of sec. to get it out. It will take longer to get out the pliers and Dremel tool than it will to cut the screw.
My 2 cents
Thanks Bigshot
Chap posted 12-10-2001 01:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Thanks for the info.
Dremel it is......
The cushion is in fine shape, should I attempt to de-staple then repair the inside(may never be the same again) or live with the one bolt in that corner and plug the hole? Whalertim, what's in there?
Bigshot posted 12-10-2001 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
If the cushion is fine, why are you taking the seat off? If you can get the nut out, use a self taper or just scratch it. I think there are 8 bolts, 7 will do. I am using 6 until I remove the tank to install the other 2.
Chap posted 12-10-2001 02:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
I am a believer in cushion removal during storage and would like to remove the seatback in order to clean and oil it over the winter.
whalertim posted 12-10-2001 02:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalertim  Send Email to whalertim     
Chap, I to am a firm beleiver in removing cushions when not in use, such as winter.
Cushions will last alot longer when out of the elements.
It keeps them looking nice.
And yes! 6 or 7 will hold fine until you get the chance to repair or replace.
Bigshot posted 12-10-2001 03:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Gotcha! Been almost 4 years since I had to "store" a boat. God I love FL! In NJ I had a full cover on my boats but any cushion that came off easy(snaps) would be removed for winter. We also put stuff in the boat like kayaks and surfboards so we did not trip over them for 7 months.
Chap posted 12-10-2001 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
Thanks guys.
I figured if worse came to worse, I could could live with 7 bolts.

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