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Old 10-16-2013, 11:29 PM   #41
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Hey Brown Crown,

Thank you for the vents. We picked them up at the CASTO Management Forum this past week. They look great. We are going to use one for our venting pipe for the waste water tanks and another one for the shower area. They will look original!!! We are also going with your great idea and putting 12 volt quiet fans in the two front ventilation vents in the front of the Crown and another one for the ventilation hole we need to create for the shower area. We want quiet ones that suck air!!!
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:54 PM   #42
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Welcome to Crown Mania Allwthrrider,

Crown pushers are very rare. I wonder if your district in the Merced area ordered it that way or whether it was originally bought by San Diego Unified. I am told that San Diego ordered some pusher Crowns in the late 1980's and used them on their mountain camp runs. San Diego also has a habit of getting rid of busses long before they get old.

I am very envious of all that under floor space for storage. Putting the engine in the rear gives you all that space. You do lose the trunk space. However, overall, the pusher configuration gives you more storage room. The downside of pushers is that they don't have the stability of mid-engine Crowns.

I also like the fact that you have one of the 40 foot Crowns. I am eyeing another Crown that is a two axle 40 footer. My current Crown is 36 feet, and the extra 4 feet would be great for some of the configurations we would like for the interior. Being a two Crown family would be awesome. Crazy, but awesome.

You are relatively close to Danville, so we could meet up. I would like to see your bus. I will message you to set up a time.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:33 AM   #43
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FUEL TANK REMOVED AND CLEANED OUT

We had the 100 gallon fuel tank removed. It literally had an inch of grime all over it, plus 25 years of sludge built up in the bottom. We had it pressure washed and cleaned out. The shop that did it said they put a camera down it and it looks totally clean inside. We then had the tank totally cleaned on the outside, sanded and primed. It is going to be painted next week after they put the valve on it for the generator fuel line. A picture of the tank can be found below.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:39 AM   #44
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POLISHED RIMS

We picked up some great Alcoa polished rims for the bus. Below is a picture. We will be putting them on the bus after the painting is completed. We got these rims from a yard that specializes in salvaging parts from busses being crushed. We got a sweet price (about 25% of what a new set would cost).
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Old 10-17-2013, 06:39 AM   #45
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:40 AM   #46
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Nice bling. As you probably know, make sure the wheel studs are long enough to allow the lug nut to be completely filled plus at least three threads when you install the new wheels.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:11 AM   #47
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Yes, thank you we know about that issue. We had them checked out before purchase. I look forward (not really) to polishing them to a bright shine, just like I did with my Crown wheels at Long Beach Unified in the mid 1970's. I was a great deal younger and could squat for a longer period of time getting those wheels polished up.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:42 AM   #48
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CLEANED UP THE TRUNK SPACE IN THE CROWN

The Crown is known for its huge rear trunk or boot area. When I was a driver I had mine painted, carpet laid down and a 12 volt socket put in the back so I could watch television on my portable TV during long layovers or field trips to the zoo.

Apparently, this truck had never been cleaned. There was literally an inch of grime, dirt and soot throughout the trunk. Layers on top of layers on top of layers of diesel soot, and 25 years of built up gunk. We steam cleaned it and pressure washed it. It looks a great deal better as the pictures will prove.

The seals around the back trunk doors are probably original. They are brittle to the touch and no longer pliable. There are also huge gaps in the seals where dirt and smoke could get into the trunk. I have ordered rubber seals to go around the entire rear trunk area to keep out the road grime and diesel soot from the interior of the trunk.

We are debating now how to use it properly for storage and also to insulate it so the heat and cold do not transfer into the interior of the bus. Any great ideas would be appreciated.

Below are the pictures I took the other day.
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Old 10-25-2013, 11:56 AM   #49
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SANDING ALMOST FINISHED

The sanding project is almost completed. Images attached. There was an area above the passenger door that needs extra attention. There was some corrosion involved in this area. Donna and I want the exterior to be as close to showroom quality as possible. We are still deciding on the exact paint scheme design and colors. Donna originally wanted to pay homage to its school bus roots, and repaint it a high gloss yellow. In California, the Vehicle Code requires that former school busses be repainted to something other than national school bus yellow or SIMILAR COLOR. That similar color phrase worries us. We see former school busses in California all the time with their old school bus yellow color still intact. However, as one state official told us, most officers wouldn't care or even know. However, you will get the occasional guy who wants to be anal about it, and will pull you over. We don't want to spend thousands on a professional paint job only to be told that it still violates the Vehicle Code.

When we finish with the ideas for the color scheme we will post them. We would love feedback from our fellow crazies!!!
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Apparently like you guys...I actually love International Safety Yellow... however, there a quite a few more states than just Kalifornia that ban anything close to it on any kind of bus. Besides...an older Crown just begs for something classically stylish. Maybe even two-tone. Check out some pix of some 40's interstate liners. I've seen quite a few that had really outstanding paint schemes.

Whatever you go with, make it your own and have some fun.
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