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Old 09-23-2014, 06:22 PM   #1
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72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

I have been reading here on the forum for a while and figured I should start a conversation on our build now that there is progress!
Im in Portland Or. Trying to get this thing sealed before the rain comes.

I've got a 35' 1972 Crown Supercoach, Eaton-Fuller 10spd manual trans.
It's been converted to an rv and has some shoddy work that we are rebuilding into our home on wheels. The previous owner installed solar panels, inverter, converter and battery monitors, shower and toilet with plumbing, grey and black water tanks.
All the windows have been removed and 3/4" ply was secured to the inside from the floor up 4' and sheet metal on the outside that looks professional.

As it stands the interior is gutted down to the bathroom and I'm scratching my head on all the options for ceiling cover to replace the poorly done sheets of wood that were up there. The roof already has foam custom cut to fit between the ribs and it just needs a skin that will be durable and not break the bank.

I've got some windows out of an old camper that we stripped down that are 5' wide that would look slick on this bus, looks like I'll have to cut out a few uprights between the old windows and weld in a frame to support the unsupported gaps. I've read on here about people cutting out multiple uprights and didn't see any horror stories about roof failures. I wouldn't have to cut out two next to each other for the windows I've got so it seems like it would work out and still have a sturdy roof.









Here is my fiancÚ's blog about the ordeal, more pictures and story.
http://artbywinona.blogspot.com
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Old 09-24-2014, 12:28 AM   #2
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Re: 72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

Welcome Guys! --- Great lookin old Crown...we love'em here. Keep the pix coming.
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:37 AM   #3
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:24 AM   #4
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Re: 72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

I like your bus. Sure would be nice to find a better spot for your spare tire. Or maybe just a better looking spare! Armour All that rubber beast and put one of those spinning hubcaps on it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:15 AM   #5
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I have to agree --- But only because the front ends on Crowns are just too pretty to hide behind a tire.
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Old 10-01-2014, 06:48 PM   #6
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Re: 72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

Wonderful old Crown. I agree with those who say the front of a Crown is too pretty to hide it behind a spare tire. Crowns have spare tire compartments just behind the front passenger door. The tire could go there, unless it was used for something else (real possibility). Giant bus tires and wheels are way too heavy and dangerous to try and change on your own. If the spare tire compartment has been used for something else, you could consider putting it in the trunk. If you ever need it, a very inexpensive membership in Good Sam Club with roadside assistance and a call to them will get you quick service without the real possibility of endangering yourself or others trying to change the tire.

Brown Crown has an excellent Crown conversion thread on this forum. He has a Crown of similar age and has done wonders with it. Check it out!

Welcome to our madness and best of luck!!!
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:58 AM   #7
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Re: 72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

The spare tire compartment has the black and grey water tanks, I'm wondering how much that tire weighs? I can't stand to have it cover the beautiful front end of this bus. I was thinking of building a jib pole off the roof that could be set up to raise gear or a spare onto the roof rack (to be designed and built ) I'm a rigger by trade and could build and operate lifting systems safely.
The interior is going slowly, striping everything down and re doing the ceiling, walls, cabinetry and installing giant windows. I'm sure people block all the windows up for heating/ cooling reasons, I just can't live in a cave. I've got 3 - 5' windows and 1 - 3' window from my old camper that happened to be a 72 aswell that will fit perfectly.
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:02 PM   #8
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ive been cutting holes and reinforcing the removed ribs, heres pics of the windows test fit and the process.










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Old 10-09-2014, 12:32 PM   #9
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Re: 72 Crown Supercoach RV conversion

Some of the Crowns, specifically the Embree ordered ones, had spare tire compartments behind the front bumper. It allowed Embree to have another luggage compartment instead of a spare tire compartment.
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:48 PM   #10
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The windows are all sealed in and the roof vents are almost sealed up.
I have to replace/ repair one of the front leafsprings and replace the bushings. I noticed the bushings on the shocks have little to no rubber left, while I'm doing the shock bushings should I replace the shocks or reuse them?
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