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Old 02-21-2018, 11:33 PM   #1
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Bought a 1980 Crown - Got questions

So I just bought a 1980 Crown and I have a couple questions.
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Look at the photos itís immaculate
Has 254,000 miles
Engine replaced in 2012 with another Detroit 6-71 from another crown.
Had 125,000 miles before being put in this bus
5 speed manual
New brakes, new paint, relatively new tires
Engine fully serviced in November
No rust
Garage kept for the last 20 years
My question is did I vastly over pay?
I paid 11,000.00
I figured in as good a condition that itís in it was worth the premium.
I plan on using for a conversion
I plan on having a roof raise professionally done, not the entire length, from behind the driver seat back. I have a metal shop that can mimic the curves exactly.

Does anyone know of a crown with a roof raise that was done well?

Bringing this beauty back east in a couple weeks.
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:43 PM   #2
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Also it has all MONTHLY service records dating back to 1980
And includes the name and number to the mechanic who serviced it the entire time.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:10 AM   #3
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I don't think you overpaid. It's about right for a Crown in that condition.

What I do think is that raising the roof on that bus is a tragedy, but that's a personal view and it's your bus.

Good luck with it, it's a beauty.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:22 AM   #4
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I agree that it would be very easy for the roof raise to look like dog ****.
I have worked doing million dollar remodels for years and I know that with proper attention to detail it will work.
I just bought a CNC machine to do all the wood work.
When this thing is done it’ll be a sight to behold.
3600 watts of solar
35kw of LiThium batteries
AC System that will run off grid
All walnut/maple interior
All steampunk/Victorian styling.
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Old 02-22-2018, 12:23 AM   #5
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Well I hope you will start a build thread. I'd follow that with some interest.
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Old 02-22-2018, 02:25 AM   #6
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looks about right for the current market

They're going for $12k+ in worse condition. If what you say about the engine and all, is as true as you were told, then you made out just fine. In any case,
it's your's now, and you'll find out soon enough what you're going to be dealing with. If it's still here in the SoCal area, and you'd like an experienced eye to check it out, I could be persuaded to take a look and see what's what. By the way, can you drive it? Want any help in learning how, and how to check things, and take care of a Crown? If interested email me direct, not the PM here. Email: mikemcc2k@yahoo.com

Welcome to the ranks of the the Certifiable Crown Owners, it's a rather small and rarefied conglomeration.
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Old 02-22-2018, 05:59 AM   #7
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I don't think you overpaid. It's about right for a Crown in that condition.

What I do think is that raising the roof on that bus is a tragedy, but that's a personal view and it's your bus.

Good luck with it, it's a beauty.
I agree...but look forward to the conversion

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Old 02-22-2018, 07:19 AM   #8
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Here’s a link with full description if anyone’s interested!
https://m.ebay.com/itm/1980-Crown-Sc...786362?trxId=0
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:38 AM   #9
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Hereís a link if anyoneís interested


https://m.ebay.com/itm/1980-Crown-Sc...786362?trxId=0
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