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Old 05-22-2014, 07:27 PM   #161
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NEW MIRRORS INSTALLED

The old mirrors were really in bad shape. I scored two polished stainless steel heated Western Style mirrors (they are bigger than normal). I got them for $26 each. I also got convex mirrors for all sides to eliminate blind spots. The wire you see bundled up is next on the list to get done. This will go inside the bus and get wired with switches on the dash for the heated mirrors.

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Old 05-22-2014, 07:35 PM   #162
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REMODELED FRONT DOOR FINISHED

The front door is finished. We took the old skin of the door off, added an additional 3.5 inches of framing on the side, cut new skin for the door, cut holes out for the windows, and put a deadbolt lock on the door. We also painted it. You will note the black area on the top of the door swooping down to match the black area around the windshield. There was a crack in one of the door windows so we had the glass replaced and new rubber put around the windows in the door. This door eliminates the big slab of rubber that Crown doors have at the end. As I said in an earlier post, it allowed rain, heat, cold, road noise, critters and spiders in the bus. It also was not very good in terms of security.

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Old 05-22-2014, 07:39 PM   #163
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Rear Reflectors Installed

Our great old find on 4" rear reflectors were reconditioned and then put on the bus. We originally wanted to have them chromed. However, the experts told me that it would not work. So, we had the bezels around them painted black. I think they look sharp!!



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Old 05-22-2014, 07:53 PM   #164
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Exterior is Now Almost Complete

Below are pictures of the bus out in the sun in all its glory. We have been asked what we spent on the bus paint job. I added it all up. Between the prep, sanding, getting rid of dings, scratches, and old holes from long gone two-way radio antennas, etc., the priming, two coats of paint and two clear coats, the total came to $7,200. That is more than we paid for the bus. However, it looks awesome and will stay this way for a long time. We decided to have professionals do the work. This bus is going to be used in my business with my 167 school district clients. I wanted to make a positive impression. I know of another Crown that had $16,000 worth of paint and body work, so I feel like I got a great deal.

The khaki/gold and black colors look great together. The windows are going to be covered with 3M Limo Black tinting that will cut 99.97% of the UV rays and 60%+ of the heat that comes through the windows. I expect that job done within the next few weeks.

The focus is now going to shift more to the interior. Note the interior shot with the electrical wires running everywhere!!

Let me know what you think!!

Close Up of the Alcoa Polished Rims with the New Tires and the New Rubber Trim Around the Wheel Wheels



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Old 05-22-2014, 08:01 PM   #165
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Man that is a beautiful bus, I wish I could have waited and gotten a Crown.

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Old 05-22-2014, 08:39 PM   #166
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Yes, it is beautiful!! I admit to really liking Crowns. They were the best school bus ever built. They were built with quality in mind (there were a few hiccups over the years, but generally minor) and built to last for decades. You can spot a Crown a mile away. Nothing else like it on the road. I drove it yesterday to start the interior headliner work (padded faux leather) and I got stares and waves. When I stopped to get some diesel in an industrial area with lots of trucks, I had several truck drivers come over to see the bus and admire the engine and paint job. The sound of the engine was incredible going down the road. I always loved the sound of a Detroit.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:30 PM   #167
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looking good, now that you can drive it legally bring that bad whama jama up to VV
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:50 PM   #168
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Simply outstanding work! --- And I totally agree...nothing else on the road looks like a Crown. Beautiful job, keep up the good work on this classic.
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Fantastic job! Such a beautiful rig and all the attention to detail, I can only imagine what the finished interior is gonna look like now that you've raised the bar so high. Keep it up guys!
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Thank you for the kind words. We really are trying to show the love we have for Crown Coaches. We hope the interior plans we have laid out will work. You can measure and measure and measure and find you are off by just a little when you add it all up and then have to make adjustments to the designs. That is why we have gone through at least 20 different plan changes for the interior.

The bus is currently getting its headliner covered in padding and faux leather. After that the spray insulation that I talked about in an earlier post will be put on the floor. Then the real fun begins. The new air ride driver's chair and navigator's chair have been ordered as have the two sofas and the dinette. The sofas and dinette can all turn into beds. I am waiting delivery of the new macerating toilet. I just got a box full of our new 12 volt LED interior dome lights (they call them mushroom lights since the frosted lenses look like shallow mushroom caps). Once the padded headliner is finished we can install the lights in the ceiling. These are flush mount lights and very shallow so they don't take up ceiling height. I found 20 of them on Ebay for $150. That was a killer deal.

Just like the exterior work, I will continue to show progress on the interior. Stay tuned!!!
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