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Old 05-11-2014, 11:37 PM   #151
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

The place I had it painted is doing some touch up around the window frames. I will post pictures as soon as soon as that is finished. I want to show her off in all her glory.
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Old 05-13-2014, 12:12 PM   #152
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REAR BACKUP CAMERA
I found this backup camera that is very small and can be painted. It will be connected to my 7" touchscreen Kenwood radio/gps/video system on the dash. We have been debating where to install it on the back. We decided to place it just below the rear emergency exit and above the Crown emblem. The camera will be painted the same color as the bus body. A picture is below. I paid about $140 for this backup camera.

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Old 05-13-2014, 12:17 PM   #153
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REAR RED REFLECTORS FOR CROWN
I did not know it was going to be so difficult to find replacement reflectors for our Crown. Apparently, no one makes a 4 inch red reflector anymore. The Crown's back light assembly has a big recessed area for a 4 inch reflector. Other style reflectors just don't look right. My old reflectors were falling apart. The bezel around each of them was rusted and falling apart. One of my clients has a giant shipping container full of old Crown parts. I scored and got four reflectors that are in great shape. I intend to give two of them to another Crown conversion nut and my two I will have chromed to match the chrome bezels around the rest of the lights in the back. I will share pictures of the final chromed package when I get these done.

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Old 05-15-2014, 12:08 AM   #154
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PROGRESS ON NEW FRONT DOOR

In a previous post we indicated that we were going to expand the door frame and put on a new skin to completely enclose the passenger opening. This expansion would be replacing the giant rubber strip at the end of a Crown front door that not only allows road noise, heat, cold and critters into the bus, but also makes it nearly impossible to secure the door while inside the bus. This problem is resolved with this solution. The new door skin has had its window holes cut out and has been painted. Next step is to put in the new glass and rubber molding. The windows are slightly off center. However, we wanted to retain the original door frame and just expand it. The existing frame made it impossible to move the windows slightly to the left. The cut outs are exactly where the old windows openings were in the old configuration.

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DASH HAS BEEN RECONDITIONED AND PAINTED

In a previous post we showed the reconditioning work on the dash. That has been completed and the dash area has been painted with a satin black. I know that is a traditional Crown color, but we like it. Everything from the top of the front windshield on down is been painted with satin black. We intend to cover the bulkhead above the windshield with the same padding and faux leather as the headliner area. Numerous holes and dings were fixed as part of the reconditioning process. It looks like a new Crown dash!



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NEW STEERING COLUMN AND WHEEL

Our old steering column, gearbox and wheel were 25 years old in our Crown. One of my clients was having five Crowns crushed. About two years ago these Crowns had new steering wheels/columns and gearboxes installed. I got one of these for our bus. Our original had a tilting steering column, but it did not telescope. This new one both tilts and telescopes. Plus, the steering wheel does not look beat up like the old one. Finally, the electric horn on the old steering wheel did not work. This one works!!!



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Old 05-15-2014, 12:31 AM   #157
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

Nice dash. Now it just needs a little something to set it off.
I know just the thing.
Put one of the extra emblem sets on it facing the rear of the bus.
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:32 AM   #158
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BACK UP CAMERA INSTALLED

The new back up camera has been installed. It went directly below the rear emergency exit. It was painted to match the bus body paint. Still need to paint the screws!!! Details! Details! In this picture you can see the holes where the refurbished Crown emblem will be going.

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Old 05-15-2014, 10:28 PM   #159
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I agree. We are deciding where to put one of our extra Crown emblems. The dash area would be perfect.
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CROWN EMBLEMS REINSTALLED

The Crown emblems have been installed on the bus. They look great!! They look like they came off the factory floor.

Front View. That is the radio antenna sticking up in front of the Crown emblem.


Rear View (You can see the back up camera above the emblem).
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