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Old 12-29-2013, 06:24 PM   #81
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FUEL TANK

The 100 gallon diesel tank has been reinstalled under the bus. We had the tank totally reconditioned and cleaned out (no 25 years of sludge and crap in the bottom of the tank). It then got a good primer coat, and paint job, and then rhino skinned to protect those area of the fuel tank exposed to potential road debris (it is under the bus). We also had a valve put in it for a fuel line to the diesel generator.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:39 PM   #82
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SPRING STEPS FOR THE CROWN

We found a source for some spring loaded steps. These were options on Crowns and some school districts and contractors did not order them. We think they are great. Two will go on the front bumper (there are already holes for them in the bumper) and two on the back bumper. Two will then be placed on the right side of the side emergency exit to facilitate getting up into or out of the bus using this door.
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Old 12-29-2013, 06:58 PM   #83
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ELECTRIC FIREPLACE AND HEATER HAS ARRIVED

In an earlier post I indicated it was our intent to put an electric fireplace into a cabinet in the bus and then have a flat screen TV rise up out of the back of the cabinet. We have been searching for some time and finally settled on this 25 inch wide electric fireplace and heater from ClassicFlame. It has arrived!!! It has a curved glass front. It is only 9 inches deep. It has a heater component that will heat up to 400 square feet of living space (way bigger than the inside of a Crown). When used in heating mode, it draws 11.7 amps. Since it uses LED technology, in non-heater mode the power draw is negligible. It is very quiet when the heater fan is going. It has a thermostat built into it with digital display built into the glass front. It has a remote and allows for multiple flame and heating options. We got it for almost 50% off on sale. It has good reviews. Also, all the heat is directed out the front. So, we don't need to worry about heat getting into the closed cabinet with the TV behind it.

We are going with several heating options for flexibility. The two AC units include heat strips. And, Donna has decided that she wants electric heated floors. We are investigating this option now. There are a number of companies that make them, and some are designed to go under a variety of flooring (tiles, laminate, carpet, etc.). We will let you know what we decide. All of these options are being included in our electric capacity load.
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:12 PM   #84
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PAINT SCHEME GRAPHICS

Below you will find an image of a proposed paint graphics scheme. We have gone through about 20 of them. This one is not final. However, it is getting close. We want to convey motion and speed with the graphic and tie into the black window treatment. The windows are going to be tinted a "Limo Black" that still dramatically cuts down on heat transfer from the windows and cuts over 99% of the UV rays. The front and back will include graphics around the Crown emblem that mimics the factory Crown style. It is hard to see in this picture. But, you should sort of get the idea.

The main color on this drawing is not the actual final shade. It will be a light shade of metallic khaki and will be clear coated. With the Alcoa polished rims, we think it will look great going down the road.

Thoughts, ideas, opinions are invited. The body work and sanding are finished. Painting is looming on the horizon. We really want to nail this paint scheme so it has a WOW factor. Your ideas would be greatly appreciated....before we start the paint job.
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Old 12-30-2013, 05:18 AM   #85
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Good progress, never personally been a fan of swoops and swirls...it will look good and you will be happy, thanks for update
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Old 12-30-2013, 11:39 AM   #86
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Gotta say I'm with Bansil on the whole swoopy-swirly look thing. Just looks too much like every other factory "motorcoach". Me...I'd have a real hard time not going with some kind of classic vintage look. There were some pretty cool paint jobs applied during the "streamlined" era that would really compliment the lines on a Crown. But that's just my dos centavos worth. Ya gotta do what makes YOU happy.
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Ditto Tango--but then we are booth sooooo old skool
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polished wheels...chromed bumpers....yup, defienitly needs an art deco style paint job something sexy and stunning...like jewelry

these mimic the swoops you had in mind








so you can do swirls, just go Ole Skool
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #89
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Gotta say I'm with Bansil on the whole swoopy-swirly look thing. Just looks too much like every other factory "motorcoach". Me...I'd have a real hard time not going with some kind of classic vintage look. There were some pretty cool paint jobs applied during the "streamlined" era that would really compliment the lines on a Crown. But that's just my dos centavos worth. Ya gotta do what makes YOU happy.
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Old 12-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #90
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How about something like this? I tried to combine those streamlliner looks with a Crown factory pinstripe. (I don't have your fancy colors in paint so imagine the Khakis match) I don't know if you can tell in the pic but I was thinking keep the front with the double striping as factory and then as it went down the side it decides to take it's own route to the rear where it returns to factory like. I think the big leaning "waves" along the bottom would look amazing if followed by the stripe, it has a look of moving forward, with a nod to yesteryear. Now if you are going with a metallic Khaki, Toyota makes a great Black with multi-colored metallic flake in it (very subtle though, not real flashy) It is called Black Sand Pearl. I have it on my Scion xb, it has a nice depth and good solid black with a hint of more unless you look close.
I am sure that no matter what you choose it will look great!!
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