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Old 06-28-2014, 02:59 AM   #191
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

NEW FLOORING GOING IN
We are now in the process of putting down a wood laminate flooring. We tried about ten different types of flooring, from solid wood to different laminates. My wife and I really liked the look of real solid wood flooring. However, we also noticed that it got scarred and beat up fairly easily. Also, much of the solid woods we liked (like Brazilian Cherry) can fade fairly easily and quickly when exposed to sunlight. We opted for a high grade wood laminate flooring that complimented the cabinets and side panels going into the bus. We also feel it will stand up to many people coming in and out of the bus since this is going to be our company bus to demo our software and provide a mobile computer training lab.

You will note that the flooring is not going in lengthwise. Donna went online and noted that in narrow and confined spaces, interior designers have the wood flooring going sideways in a narrow room. It gives the elusion of more space in a small area. It seems to work. We tested it out and numerous people voted for the sidewise install.

This flooring is going in over the LizardSkin acoustic and thermal spray that we put on the floor of the bus. After it was put in, we took the bus for a test drive and could not believe the difference in the sound inside the bus. Incredible stuff.

This wood laminate comes with a built in underlayment on the underside of the flooring. Again, in some small way a little more barrier to the road and engine noise.

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Note the big open hatch in the middle of the bus. This is due to the mid-engine design of the bus. This is the primary way to get to engine components that are on top. The alternative would be to drop the engine. So, we opted not to cover up the hatch permanently. Instead, we are covering the hatch door in the wood laminate. It will then have four latches placed into it so they will be flush with the level of the flooring, but can latch the hatch to the engine compartment. The hatch will also have sound and thermal insulation placed under it to help reduce road and engine noise/heat from penetrating the bus interior. It will also have a rubber gasket placed around the perimeter of the hatch to create a solid seal around the hatch to keep out noise and exhaust fumes from getting into the bus. In addition, the interior of the engine compartment under the bus has been sprayed with the LizardSkin insulation to help dampen noise and heat.


The wheel wheels, the stairwells and the area directly under the driver's accelerator and brake pedals will be covered in G Flooring coin patterned industrial rubber flooring. It can stand up to battery acid, solvents and other nasty things. It is used as flooring in high end mobile mechanic trailers as well as entire garage floors. I got a good deal on a small roll and will also use it in the back trunk of the bus as a flooring.

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Old 06-28-2014, 05:49 PM   #192
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

Flooring looks awesome!!!! good job!
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Old 06-28-2014, 06:52 PM   #193
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I totally hear you on the gauges!! I have that nasty International dash cluster that has no character at all!! Stewart Warner is the way to go if you can afford them. They're pricey these days. I've been thinking of buying a used semi truck dash and salvage the gauges from that.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:19 PM   #194
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Old 06-29-2014, 11:19 AM   #195
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The floor looks great!

What are you using for noise insulation?
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Old 06-29-2014, 03:45 PM   #196
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Re: Journey Begins - 1988 Crown Conversion

I used a product called LizardSkin. It is a 2 step process that first puts on a coating for sound insulation. It dries for 24 hours and then a thermal insulation coating is put on. It uses different types of microscopic beads for the different layers. Reviews of the product were excellent and many of the classic car and hot rod websites talked about how good it is.

I sprayed on the floor before putting the wood laminate floor with underlayment over it. I also sprayed it on the wheel wells inside the bus, the tire side of the wheel wells outside the bus, under the stairwell on the outside of the bus, the walls and ceiling of the engine compartment (underfloor mid engine bus), the generator compartment, and the interior floor, walls and ceiling of the giant rear storage area.

We took it out for a spin and the sound difference is incredible. I have not had the bus out in heat yet. I am hoping for equally great results.

This product is a thick paint and rubbery like substance that is sprayed on. This is similar to the roof coating products out there for buses and RV's. The difference is that this also has an acoustical component.
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Old 07-04-2014, 02:28 AM   #197
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ENGINE HATCH ALMOST COMPLETED
We had a tough time deciding on the trim around the engine hatch. We reversed the direction for the wood flooring and then decided to outline it with polished metal trim. This accent goes along with the stainless steel refrigerator/freezer, microwave, and cabinet pulls. Still to come are the recessed pull rings that will lock the hatch in place.

View of the Floor From Behind the Rear Axle


Close Up View


Next week I hope to have the rubber flooring in the step well completed and its trim. More pictures to follow.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:06 AM   #198
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REAR TRUNK FLOORING PUT IN
The Crown Coach has a mid-ship engine. So, the rear trunk area is freed up for storage. As I said in a previous post, we put LizardSkin on all sides of the trunk area to keep noise and thermal transfer from getting into the interior of the coach. This week we put the same high grade industrial strength rubber flooring that we are using for the step well into the large trunk area. Pictures are below. This rubber is designed for mechanic shops and garages and can withstand grease, solvents and even some acids.

Wide View of Trunk


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Close Up of Right Side
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:42 AM   #199
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DRIVER'S PEDAL AREA HAS NEW FLOORING

We finished the flooring under the driver's pedal area. This is the same stuff we are putting in the step well and have already put in the trunk in the rear of the bus. Could not believe the 25 years of crap, dirt, grease and unknown substances that were ground into this area. We kept cleaning and it kept coming up black. More cleaning and more black. Finally, all the gunk was gone. You need a clean foundation for the new floor to adhere properly!!! So, I got anal about it and I think you could eat off of it before the new rubber flooring was laid down. Obviously, this picture has the steering column and pedals disconnected so it was easier to put down one piece of rubber flooring. Plus, it is easier to show it off. Tomorrow, it gets put back together.

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Flooring looks beautiful guys!
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