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Old 03-04-2007, 04:29 PM   #1
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My Corona

Well Guys, after a couple of years, I restarted on my Crown (I actually have the money and time). It's probably going to be a slow process, but at least I restarted.

Where I originally left off (about two years ago) was with the removal of the seats and putting in the sub-floor. For the sub-floor I used 1/2 ply and plastic for the barrier.

Yesterday, I started painting the windows that I'm going to block off. To clean the windows I used windex and, afterwards, wiped down the windex ladened windows with alcohol.

You may be wondering why, I used alcohol after the windex. I found that windex leaves an oily film.

I'll let you know if the alcohol works.

Today, I'll finish the painting the windows and start putting in the insulation (1/2 blue stuff) on them.

Photos will soon follow.

Wish me luck.

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Old 12-27-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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After a long stint of not working on my bus, I decided that it was time to start again.

This past weekend, I started insulating the bus. I installed insulation (1" blue board) on the lower part of the wall and installed 1/2" white board over the windows.


After installing the 1/2" white board, I installed 1" blue board over the windows.



Next, I'm going to install the furring and then the walls.

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Looking good. Cant wait to see more.
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:05 PM   #4
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Looking good. Cant wait to see more.
Thanks for the compliment. Hopefully, I'll be working on my bus more frequently.

I wanted to still have the appearance of a bus, but having a motorhome in the inside.

BTW, have you posted any pictures of your Crown? I noticed the two clown crowns, but I haven't seen any pictures of yours.

And welcome to the forum, you'll find this to be one of the better sites.

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Old 12-27-2007, 03:50 PM   #5
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What made you decide on the blue board insulation? I know at Home Depot they've got all sorts of different kinds of insulation (plain white foam, pink Foamular, blue board, etc.) I'm just wondering what would be best for a bus, or how those different kinds of insulation work for people that are using them.
Hi Short Bus,

I hope that bus, you're looking at, is the bus of your dreams

As far as the choice of insulation, I was motivated by price and value (R rating for the price and space).

I originally was looking at white board, but found that pink had more "R" value per inch (3.9 per inch for the white, 4.0 for the pink). The only thing that kept me from purchasing the pink was the price compared to the white. I then started to walk around Home Depot, trying to rationalize the expense, when I ran across the blue board (used to insulate garage doors) at a fraction of the cost as the pink and the same "R" value.

I know, I know, blue board is only 2' x 4', as compared to pink that is 2' x 8', but one panel of blue board was less than half the price of pink. Hence, cheaper per area covered. Another advantage was blue board, being half the size, saved me from having to cut the bigger board in half (I'm terrible at cutting straight lines).

For the windows, I selected white board because it was low priced (way cheaper than the pink), came in 1/2" thickness (fits nicely in the window frame), and was very easy to cut (all I used was a box cutter and snapped it on the seam). The only disadvantage was that it has a "R" value of 3.9, compared to pink that has an "R" value of 4.0 (not really that much of a difference).

ShortBus, if I was to do it over again, I would probably use the white board throughout.

BTW, I bought about 18 sheets of blue board and 2 of the white to cover what I needed for my bus.

I hope this answers your question. If you have any other question, I'll try to answer it as best as I can.

Wish you luck on your conversion.

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Old 12-28-2007, 05:26 PM   #6
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Looking good. Cant wait to see more.
Thanks for the compliment. Hopefully, I'll be working on my bus more frequently.

I wanted to still have the appearance of a bus, but having a motorhome in the inside.

BTW, have you posted any pictures of your Crown? I noticed the two clown crowns, but I haven't seen any pictures of yours.

And welcome to the forum, you'll find this to be one of the better sites.

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Well I dont have it quite yet, but should be picking it up within the next 2 weeks from Goldendale, WA. When I get it will make sure to post plenty of pictures.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:15 PM   #7
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Looking good. Cant wait to see more.
Thanks for the compliment. Hopefully, I'll be working on my bus more frequently.

I wanted to still have the appearance of a bus, but having a motorhome in the inside.

BTW, have you posted any pictures of your Crown? I noticed the two clown crowns, but I haven't seen any pictures of yours.

And welcome to the forum, you'll find this to be one of the better sites.

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Well I dont have it quite yet, but should be picking it up within the next 2 weeks from Goldendale, WA. When I get it will make sure to post plenty of pictures.

Can't wait to see it. Was it a personally owned bus or was company owned?
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Old 12-29-2007, 07:31 PM   #8
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Hi ShortBus,

I just looked at your pics and I'm impressed. That bus should make a nice conversion and it should be perfect to take to the lake.

ShortBus, I would recommend that you'd get the cheapest you can find. I lucked out and found a bunch of blue board, at a very low price.

I'll try to post more pics as I go along, but sometimes I get stuck and have to think it out (that's what happens when you plan on the fly ).

Again, good luck on your conversion and if you need some more info, I'll be happy to help.

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Old 12-30-2007, 03:09 AM   #9
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It was just surplussed from a Washington school district in October. The guy I am buying it from bought 2 of em at the surplus auction but is just keeping one of em. It still has valid 2007 Washington school bus safety inspection tags.
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Old 12-30-2007, 07:40 AM   #10
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Hi Sauce,

I bet you can't wait to get the bus. Crowns are well built buses that are built more like stratocruisers (MCIs, GMCS, etc.), except they sit a little higher. During the time that I was driving it from Arizona to Texas, this bus was not affected by cross winds or passing semis. The only thing that affected it's performance were the hills.

Crowns aren't nicked named the Cadillac of school buses for nothing. Post some pics, as soon as you get it.

Good luck on your bus and Happy New Years to you and your family.

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