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Old 07-30-2018, 02:52 AM   #1
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1989 Crown Skoolie conversion

Hello all, I have been lurking here for a very long time and my wife and I just jumped in head first. We bought a 1989 Crown that we will be converting. I plan to post the process on our Youtube channel so please take a look and please feel free to leave any suggestions you might have that could make our lives easier. The bus is in Fresno and we are living in Hawaii so I will only have a few days at a time to work on it. We made a three day trip there about a month ago and that will be the focus of our upcoming videos.

This week we are just getting started by pulling out the seats and charging up the batteries. They were dead since I had not been there since February and forgot to disconnect them.

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Again, we are open to suggestions on just about all aspects of the build. Such as, what would you do differently if you have already done a conversion.

This won't be an all out build, we are simply looking to make it comfortable when we visit the mainland.

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Old 07-30-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
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https://youtu.be/KEElDvh-CHs


Here is the link to the first video. Sorry I couldn't embed it in the first post. If a mod wants to delete that imbed script in my first post, feel free. I can't figure out how to edit it.
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Old 08-02-2018, 02:03 AM   #3
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Here we go! Enjoy!

I also forgot to mention that her name is Leia, after our awesome pup that passed over the rainbow bridge in May.
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:12 PM   #4
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Some pics of the bus.














More to come as I add them later.
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Old 08-04-2018, 06:20 PM   #5
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Love th e looks of those old art deco looking Twinkie buses.
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Old 08-04-2018, 09:33 PM   #6
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We looked for a long time for one and when we had the chance to get this one we jumped on it. I'm not afraid of engine work and the fact that it still runs made the risk worth it.



My wife really liked the crowns because of the style but I thought it was impractical to get such an old bus but once I started reading about the Crowns I was all in.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:51 PM   #7
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Here is the next video. Cleaning up, engine work, and virtual walkthrough!

Enjoy!
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Old 08-12-2018, 06:26 PM   #8
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Here is our last video for the bus conversion since we only had 3 days to work on it during this trip. I will post again when we make another trip and make more videos of the bus. Thanks for watching and please like and subscribe!

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Old 08-12-2018, 11:51 PM   #9
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That is a really nice looking Chino built Crown Supercoach.

What model number is it?

Do you know what the build number is? It is stamped into a pad located at the edge of the right front fender at about 10 o'clock. That number will tell who ordered the bus and first put it into service.

It looks to be in pretty good condition.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:53 PM   #10
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By the way, if the air wipers start to give you problems there is a company in OR that make direct bolt in swaps for electric wiper motors. Total cost for the swap, which included everything including switches and wiring harnesses is about $300.00 for both sides.
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