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Old 08-31-2014, 08:55 PM   #1
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Ohio Crown 1971 Crown

So I did it..... I bought a bus.

Earlier this year I traded off my beloved Valkyie Motorcycle for a 32ft class A, just to test the waters. I loved it, more so to the point my family loves it. So the search was on for a bus to convert. I was in no real hurry either since I had the class A. I had looked at Crowns years ago but wrote them off due to the smaller size. I looked a GMC Buffalo another favorite of mine but was not impressed once I looked at the bus.

All HAIL CRAIGSLIST!!!!!!

I found this 1971 Crown Super Coach less than 20 miles form the house, I went to look at it just because I had never seen a crown in person.

OOOOPPPPPsss Fell in love with it.

The owner was trying not to scrap the bus because he had love for it as well and a deal was struck.

I do not even have the bus home yet, I have been cleaning out the barn with a fever to get it ready to house the Crown. Even the wife is excited about it. We do not plan on starting the conversion until next year to allow us time to build up money to do the work right. Though I do find myself at night reading the forums of others that suffer from this addiction, and making volumes of notes in my "Crown Book".

I look forward to sharing the journey as I get started in the process and also look forward to any and all feed back and advise from those that have been there and done that.
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:40 AM   #2
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Re: Ohio Crown 1971 Crown

Welcome to the madness. Even better, welcome to Crown conversions. The best school bus ever built!!

The Brown Crown thread on this site is incredible. I am still in the midst of my conversion of my current 1988 Crown. However, I am almost finished, as I give it about two more months. I got behind as I wanted to do dark tint on the windows and it took over a month to get someone to do it.

My thread is the Journey Beings - 1988 Crown Conversion. It should give you some great ideas. All of the threads on this forum have great ideas. All of us are more than happy to give advice, suggestions and opinions, sometimes all conflicting with each other!!! That is the fun of conversions. Each person's vision is his or her own.

I love that you got a tandem. When I drove a bus going to college, it was a 1968 Crown tandem with a Cummins. You will love your tandem.

If you want to talk about specifics, feel free to contact me directly.

Good luck and welcome!!!
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Old 09-01-2014, 07:44 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard

Where's the pictures? If you ain't got pictures it don't exist!!!!
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Old 09-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #4
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Old 09-01-2014, 12:09 PM   #5
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One more Skoolie Welcome! --- Love them old Crowns. And you came to the right place. Not only is there a couple of centuries of general knowledge & and experience re-purposing skoolies here...but some of the finest Crown Conversions you'll ever come across. And given the stoutness of the brand...you can easily hang a Hog or two off the back for when you feel the need!

Again, welcome but...bring on the pix!
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:53 AM   #6
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Is this your bus?
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:45 AM   #7
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So it has been awhile....

I have tried several tow companies to move my bus and after two showed up and declined and one that would only give me a per hour quote I settled on a local company that would tow the bus for $600 for 23 miles....... I am in the wrong line of work.

I missed the actual tow but the bus made is onto face book in the town it was located in, Oxford Oh. The neat thing is that the tow company used a pick up truck to move this 27,000 lb monster onto the road.

They picked the bus up on Friday and Monday I called the repair shop just to verify the bus was there and such.

NO BUS!?>?

They did not have my bus, I then tried to contact the tow company..... no luck. Now I was puzzled. Tuesday rolls around and I get the call back form the tow company, as they were hooking to my bus they had a high priority tow come in so they moved my bus to their lot and left it.

Had me wondering if I had lost my bus. Now that would be a feat to lose a 40 foot crown.

More to come.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:57 AM   #8
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towed with a pickup...............I sure hope the bus brakes were working.
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:55 PM   #9
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Sweet bus. I'm currently looking for a tandem myself. I even like the color of yours. Very nice. Cummins or Detroit?
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:56 PM   #10
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oops. Just noticed you have the Cummins....
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