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Old 01-08-2014, 11:17 AM   #101
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

There is also Bus Kote, a ruberized paint to seal from the outside. It also has ceramic beads to help keep the heat of summer out. I'm waiting for spring to paint my roof.

If you don't need the ceramic beads there is Henry 4.75-Gal. 287 Solarflex White Roof Coating http://www.homedepot.com/p/Henry-4-7...F871/100051140
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:00 PM   #102
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MORE TRADITIONAL PAINT SCHEME

Donna and I have been debating back and forth about what to do with the paint scheme. Many of you gave us great ideas. I also got emails from Crown nuts who suggested that we keep the traditional Crown look in the paint scheme (obviously without the yellow).

Attached is a paint scheme that we are now leaning towards. Stay tuned because it could change ten times in the next five minutes. It is obviously a big decision. It is not something we wish to redo.

We have also decided to not keep the top white. The khaki/gold metallic color is light enough that it will not absorb as much heat as a darker color. Plus, we are spray foam insulating the roof cavity before putting the headliner back up. We want it to look like a classic Crown.

I have also attached a couple of pictures of the main body paint color. Photos do not do it justice. We painted a large piece of sheet metal to get a better look and we were blown away by how beautiful in looked in the sun. The paint job will be clear coated for a fabulous look. The black stripes will also be super black and glossy.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:08 PM   #103
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VEHICLE BATTERY COMPARTMENT

The giant old 8D vehicle batteries are out. The battery compartment was in pretty bad shape. We cleaned it up and then painted the interior. The new AGM maintenance free deep cycle batteries are half the size of the old 8D batteries. So, two AGM batteries will fit into the top rack of the battery compartment. The second rack has been removed to make room for our FMCC (Fecal Matter Control Center) in the lower part of the compartment. We are also enclosing the battery compartment. The new AGM batteries will have a combined rating of 2000 Cold Cracking Amps.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:17 PM   #104
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FRONT CROWN VENTS NOW HAVE 12 VOLT QUIET EXHAUST FANS

The two front vents in Crowns are designed to help exhaust the moisture in the air from all the students' and their breath, plus it created air circulation to refresh the air inside the bus.

We wanted a more aggressive system for air circulation. We took our inspiration from the Brown Crown and put in these really quiet 12 volt fans. The switch to turn them on and off will be in the dash area of the bus. We checked out numerous 12 volt fans for noise. These are extremely quiet.
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Old 01-29-2014, 08:41 PM   #105
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SHOWER FAN INSTALL

We thought a great deal about the need for a powerful exhaust fan for the bathroom area. We went with a Maxx Aire brand. It is quiet and very powerful. It is also remotely operated and has a thermostat on it. So, you can set it to come on when the interior temperature of the bus exceeds your preset maximum. It is a 12 volt model. The fan moves 900 cubic feet of air per minute. This will be great with the thermostat feature. We leave the bus at a campsite on a hot day and return and it will not be 130 degrees inside the bus (hopefully with our insulation it wouldn't get that high anyway). If it is 100 degrees out, an enclosed vehicle can easily exceed those temperatures. We want the interior to be no hotter than the outside air temp. This should do it for us plus remove the moisture caused by showers.
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:39 AM   #106
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FRONT CROWN VENTS NOW HAVE 12 VOLT QUIET EXHAUST FANS

The two front vents in Crowns are designed to help exhaust the moisture in the air from all the students' and their breath, plus it created air circulation to refresh the air inside the bus.

We wanted a more aggressive system for air circulation. We took our inspiration from the Brown Crown and put in these really quiet 12 volt fans. The switch to turn them on and off will be in the dash area of the bus. We checked out numerous 12 volt fans for noise. These are extremely quiet.
Strange, I have the same year yet I don't have the roof vents, Stuart
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I did not know that roof vents were optional. Every Crown I ever saw had the scooped roof vents.
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:28 PM   #108
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I did not know that roof vents were optional. Every Crown I ever saw had the scooped roof vents.
Actually most everything for Crowns was optional - almost every single one was customized to order at the factory. I guess some people didn't like the horn look, I love it.

Your bus is really coming along gmarvel!!! Is it just me or did that fancy fan just happen to fit perfectly?
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:14 AM   #109
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We researched the various exhaust fan options out there and went with the one that would fit in the space and had the features we wanted. We were lucky that we found a model that fit in the space. Otherwise, we would have had to go with a much smaller fan that would not have helped keep the whole bus cooler.

Thank you for the kind words. We are hoping to have the conversion completed in a couple of months. We have been at this since late July 2013. I know some on this forum have been at it for years. So I guess we are just impatient.
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Old 02-09-2014, 08:27 AM   #110
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I been at this for 4 years now and still don't have everything I want to do done yet, your doing a great job, cant wait to see the more pics.
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