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Old 06-10-2014, 02:16 AM   #181
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

wow, that upholstery looks great. what kind of material is that?
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:30 AM   #182
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It is a vinyl fabric designed to mimic leather. It looks great and can be easily cleaned.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:28 PM   #183
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HEADLINER FINISHED

The headliner upholstery job is finished. The back end got finished today. A picture is below.



Next step is to get the floor insulation in. That is starting this afternoon as we speak!!
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:44 PM   #184
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LED DOME LIGHTS

I have been doing lots of research on LED lights for the interior. I also went and looked at a bunch of high end Class A Prevost RV's and Monaco coaches. I wanted to see what they were doing with RV interior lighting. Almost universally, they are using slim LED lighting that has a mushroom cap frosted covering. This keeps the glare of LED lights out of your eyes and creates a diffused light. I found a web site on Ebay that sells these lights. I checked references and reviews and they got good ones. So, I have taken the plunge and bought two sets of these lights, for a total of 20. The total cost was $150. Each one is 120 lumens and has a warm white color, versus a super bright daylight style color. We will connect them to wiring already strung through the ceiling headliner and also place them under our overhead cabinets for more accent and reading lighting. They are very thin. See pictures:

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:04 PM   #185
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I was thinking of putting them on a dimmer. The backside of the light has a metal heat sink that helps dissipate the heat. I had already thought about doing just what you suggested, hooking some up and leaving them on all day to check them out. I will let you know the outcome.
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:38 PM   #186
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Its amazing, My wife digs your choice for the ceiling. I'm a computer guy and was thinking about your issues with your backup camera av setup because the mount point is almost unusable for the drive. Why not see if you unit supports a mirrored or second monitor. You could do just a monitor mount on the dash or off of the back of the dash area and have it be in the perfect spot. Rather than attempting to build a box for it. I think the depth of the unit would make any separate box in the driver area a nightmare.

If it does not have mirroring out of the box on those head units the screens are normally a stock item that can be replaced a custom shop might be able to assist you in getting a harness and mount to remove the screen and place it on the instrument cluster and fabricate a spacer for the front of the original unit.

Otherwise since it has the ipod support a mounted ipad mini could be done at the instrument console but you would be limited to ipad apps for navigation instead of the head unit. I was thinking of going with a more simple head unit and using an ipad mini for the driver info.... As soon as someone markets a backup camera for it. Oh well
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LED DOME LIGHTS

I have been doing lots of research on LED lights for the interior. I also went and looked at a bunch of high end Class A Prevost RV's and Monaco coaches. I wanted to see what they were doing with RV interior lighting. Almost universally, they are using slim LED lighting that has a mushroom cap frosted covering. This keeps the glare of LED lights out of your eyes and creates a diffused light. I found a web site on Ebay that sells these lights. I checked references and reviews and they got good ones. So, I have taken the plunge and bought two sets of these lights, for a total of 20. The total cost was $150. Each one is 120 lumens and has a warm white color, versus a super bright daylight style color. We will connect them to wiring already strung through the ceiling headliner and also place them under our overhead cabinets for more accent and reading lighting. They are very thin. See pictures:

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Side View of LED Light
I for one want to thank you for all the research your doing Greg, I'm not ashamed to tell you I'll be incorporating a lot of your idea's .

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LED DOME LIGHTS ARE A GO

It was suggested on this site that we check out the LED lights we purchased to make sure they can handle the heat and do not get too hot. I can happily report that the LED lights we purchased only get slightly warm to the touch after hours and hours turned on. They provide a great warm light (2900 to 3200k) vs. a really daylight type light (some LED are 4000k). The light is warm yet bright with the diffused "mushroom style" cap on the light. They are very thin. They are 12 volt.

I bought two sets of 10 each for $75 a set. They sell via Ebay. Their site is:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-PCS-12Volt-3 ... 3ce2e7016e

I suspect they are made in China. So, I wanted to check them out in terms of reliability and quality. They use an American warehouse. When I ordered mine, they were at my door in three days. They have good reviews and my short experience with the lights has been good. Of course, a true test would be to use them for years and see how many fail. I don't have time for a real world test. They also sell 4.5 inch LED's with a similar thin "mushroom cap" style format.

Bottom line for me, is they are going into my bus conversion in the ceiling as well as under the cabinets. When completed, I will provide pictures.
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Thanks for sharing the research Greg...I just ordered a set myself. Looks perfect for my application as well.
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Crown Instrument Panel Renovation Started
25 years of dirt, fingerprints, oxidation, and general crap were all over my Crown's instrument panel. I spent two days in front of my house getting it cleaned up and I am still not finished. Late model Crowns had a instrument panel set up with a painted front covering layer over a metal plate. The covering was a membrane that was put on top and allowed a more "modern" look in terms of messages and warning lights that would appear on the instrument cockpit and then disappear when not needed. However, it appears that no one in 25 years had actually cleaned the darn thing. I could not believe the amount of filth I got off of it. Backlit lettering in the dash was almost impossible to see because it was covered in layers of grime.

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Close up of the lower Instrument Panel. The air door switch is driving me crazy. The black paint has worn off. I will tackle that another weekend. I can't help it. I want it to look nice. I may be the only one who notices, but the worn off paint just bugs the heck out of me. Notice the difference between the before picture with its faded and obscured lettering and the after picture. When I took it out for a drive that night, the difference in the instrument panel was striking as the backlighting actually looked great and bright.


Next step is to redo all the gauges. My wife has a preference for Stewart Warner Heavy Duty gauges. That is what she always ordered on the Crowns she bought for her school districts when she was a director. My gauges are from difference manufacturers and different styles. I am researching exactly what to get. Of course, once installed, there will be pictures!!
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