Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-10-2014, 11:34 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 18
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 54
Jeremy's conversion project

I recently purchased a Carpenter Crown 9 row flat nose school bus. It's a 1998 with only 54k miles, air brakes and air ride front and back.. It spent the first part of its life at a school in Texas and is in excellent shape. I have no idea what I am doing but I'm having fun. If anyone has suggestions on what I should or should not do please let me know. I have been looking around the site for a while but am just now joining so I can submit some pictures. Hopefully I'm doing this right.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (957.4 KB, 1186 views)
swaflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 09:54 AM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 6,169
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Howdy Jeremy...and Welcome to the Madhouse --- Hey, if any of us had any idea what we were doing...we probably wouldn't be doing what we are doing. But you do seem to have the most important part down...have fun with it! Just take your time and do it YOUR way. You might check out Google "SketchUp". Free download for a pretty easy to use 3-D drawing system. A number of folks here have had good luck working out their floorplans with it. Powerful enough that you can rotate the drawing in real time and see it from various angles. Pretty nifty...and FREE.

BTW...what engine/tranny came with with your unit?
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 08:04 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
gbstewart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 1,171
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: 3800 International
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 72
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

one of us one of us one of us one of us
welcome
gbstewart
__________________
my bus build viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5931
gbstewart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 11:21 PM   #4
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 148
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Air ride front and rear? Now I'm jealous.
Deezl Smoke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 10:13 AM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 18
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 54
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Thank you for the nice welcome. This rally seems like a fun supportive community and I'm happy to be a part of it. I started sketching out my floor plan about a year before I bought the bus (I was pretty excited) the good old fashioned way- pencil and graph paper. I even tapped it out on my living room floor back then. I've made some changes since then as I was originally going to get a Thomas 8 row but decided on this one because of low miles, air ride front, higher ceiling and a couple more feet of length. I don't have pics of the air ride at the moment but I'll take some and post hem soon. It's a 5.9 Cummins and , I think, an Alison automatic transmition.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (885.8 KB, 1020 views)
File Type: jpg image.jpg (904.2 KB, 1019 views)
File Type: jpg image.jpg (791.9 KB, 1019 views)
swaflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 6,169
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

What a sweet find! --- Great engine & Allisons are tough units. Try to nail down which model tranny as there can be big differences. Some lock up, others don't. And are the brakes air or hydro?

PS...and roger the air-ride envy!!!
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2014, 07:06 PM   #7
Skoolie
 
juliol's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Monrovia California
Posts: 120
Year: 1984
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Engine: 3208 turbo Cat
Rated Cap: 78
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Hey, are you planing to remove the playwood floor?

J
juliol is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 03:12 AM   #8
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 18
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 54
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tango
What a sweet find! --- Great engine & Allisons are tough units. Try to nail down which model tranny as there can be big differences. Some lock up, others don't. And are the brakes air or hydro
I've been happy with the engine. It runs beautifully. The transmission is good too but I don't know much about it yet. I need to look into it. Brakes are air.

Quote:
Originally Posted by juliol
Hey, are you planing to remove the playwood floor?
J
Because the plywood was in such great shape I decided to leave it down. I put a product from HD called "Floor Muffler" down for a moisture barrier and for sound/temp insulation. Then 1/4" luan.




[
I don't have any pictures of the suspension at the moment. I just got back home from a business trip but it's dark. I will take some pics and upload them ASAP.
swaflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 11:20 AM   #9
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 18
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 54
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Air ride fore and aft.

Driver's side looking forward


Passenger side looking forward


Rear axle looking aft
swaflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2014, 11:27 AM   #10
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 18
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: Crown
Engine: 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 54
Re: Jeremy's conversion project

Building the walls out and insulating.




Also trying out some window framing in red cedar.
swaflyer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Good News Bus Conversion Project Bus Project Skoolie Conversion Projects 271 11-18-2017 11:55 AM
The Camel Conversion Project PDBreske Skoolie Conversion Projects 561 01-16-2016 09:47 AM
1991 Thomas RE Conversion project tfdfyrman Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 3 10-03-2010 08:04 PM
RyanS's Bus Conversion Project RyanS Skoolie Conversion Projects 11 07-07-2010 09:00 PM
3rd bus, first conversion project Homeskooled Skoolie Conversion Projects 4 11-11-2009 09:43 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.