Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-16-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 8
Year: 1973
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: 40 FT Super Coach
Engine: 855 Cummins /250 HP
The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Hello Everyone,
I have been following and checking into this website for many years now and I am beyond words for how thankful and grateful I am to this community and network of skoolie enthusiasts for the encouragement and inspiration to do the same. Without your positive and outgoing work and words, I would not have made this decision, let alone even know about what skoolies are. I sincerely thank you.
Now! On to the Bus. My family of 3(my wife and I plus our young son) are proud new owners of a '73 Crown Coach Bus Fully converted. I will include the link at the bottom to see the original ad posted on this website. All credit to this conversion is thanks to Mr. Bill Graf, the previous owner and creator of this fine home. The purpose of my posting this here is to highlight a beautiful conversion done and to seek help for future projects. This is our first time owning a converted bus to live in so we feel like a bunch of skoolie newbies! I will be adding many pictures and links to video of every area of the bus explained by the creator himself. So, much more to come.
During the process of becoming new owners, I couldn't help but feel like we cheated. I have seen and read sooooo many inspiring and beautiful conversion stories. The distances that people will travel for "the one" and the time and money spent on transforming a used school bus into a home. Every aspect of this process appealed to me. Being a former master mechanic and overall handy with any kind of tool, I desired to create our new home from scratch. However, given our situation, short on time and funds, we looked into the next best thing.
The bus has no name at the moment but could really use some great suggestions. I find it fitting that you should name the bus. The community that gave birth to a new skoolie owner, should have a say in what the bus is called. Lastly for this post, I want to mention how great of an experience it was to take delivery from Grandpa Graf. Nicest, most honest and fair transaction I have ever done. He spent the whole day helping me with getting to know the Crown and how to operate it. Also, left me with the holy grail of bus records. An entire filing cabinet drawer full of Service records, engine and trans manuals, receipts and notations on where the bus has been. That is all for now, but will post next on the history of this bus. Goes all the way back to it's early days running the school route.

-Ck

[moderator edit]
CrownKid14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 11:55 AM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Stony Plain Alberta Canada
Posts: 2,937
Year: 1992
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000 FE
Engine: 190hp 5.9 Cummins
Rated Cap: 72
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Welcome.

Nice bus and a lucky find.

It looks amazing upside down. So I fixed it for you.



Nat
__________________
"Don't argue with stupid people. They will just drag you down to their level, and beat you up with experience."

Patently waiting for the apocalypses to level the playing field in this physiological game of life commonly known as Civilization
nat_ster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 6,173
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

A Big Ol' Skoolie Welcome CrownKid! --- what a great find! When I first saw the pic, I thought you must be in Australia, but thanks to Nat I can now see otherwise. And it sounds as if the previous owner (builder?) wanted to make sure the old girl found a good home (which it sounds like it has). Best of luck with the "re-do" and don't hesitate to ask questions. Great bunch of folks here who have just about all "been there, done that".

Once again...Welcome & keep the pix coming.
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:11 PM   #4
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 8
Year: 1973
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: 40 FT Super Coach
Engine: 855 Cummins /250 HP
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Ha! Sorry about the pic. Still getting use to the site. I've noticed only a few Crowns around that age with the double rear axle. Is it rare to have? And what are the pro's and con's of that?
CrownKid14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:54 PM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
sdwarf36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Moodus, Ct.
Posts: 1,054
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Champion
Chassis: Ford e-450
Engine: 7.3 Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 14
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Welcome! Ok-I'll toss out a name: Graf Spee. It was a German Battleship. Its got the Graf name in it-and it matches the gray sides.
__________________
Don't make a fuss-just get on the bus!

my bus build http://www.skoolie.net/gallery/Skoolies/Sped
sdwarf36 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 07:56 PM   #6
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 8
Year: 1973
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: 40 FT Super Coach
Engine: 855 Cummins /250 HP
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Quote:
Originally Posted by sdwarf36
Welcome! Ok-I'll toss out a name: Graf Spee. It was a German Battleship. Its got the Graf name in it-and it matches the gray sides.
Love it! That's a top contender
CrownKid14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 08:32 PM   #7
Bus Crazy
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Upstate NY (Mohawk Valley)
Posts: 1,096
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Quote:
Originally Posted by sdwarf36
Welcome! Ok-I'll toss out a name: Graf Spee. It was a German Battleship. Its got the Graf name in it-and it matches the gray sides.
I remembered that one too . . .

No need to feel second-class for driving someone else's build. Not when it is that nice, as seen in the Skoolie.net classifieds . . . all ready to go "Crownin' Around."
__________________
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.
Redbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-2014, 11:33 PM   #8
Bus Geek
 
Tango's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 6,173
Year: 1946
Coachwork: Chevrolet/Wayne
Chassis: 1- 1/2 ton
Engine: Cummins 4BT
Rated Cap: 15
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Actually...the Graf Spee was a Heavy Cruiser. Even more fitting!
Tango is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 02:53 PM   #9
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 8
Year: 1973
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: 40 FT Super Coach
Engine: 855 Cummins /250 HP
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tango
A Big Ol' Skoolie Welcome CrownKid! --- what a great find! When I first saw the pic, I thought you must be in Australia, but thanks to Nat I can now see otherwise. And it sounds as if the previous owner (builder?) wanted to make sure the old girl found a good home (which it sounds like it has). Best of luck with the "re-do" and don't hesitate to ask questions. Great bunch of folks here who have just about all "been there, done that".

Once again...Welcome & keep the pix coming.
There are also small fans and circle lights on switches throughout the interior. The major source of lighting are three large fluorescent tube lights. The floor to ceiling height is about 6' 2". Tons of space in this thing!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg image.jpg (40.8 KB, 666 views)
File Type: jpg image.jpg (46.6 KB, 665 views)
File Type: jpg image.jpg (44.3 KB, 665 views)
CrownKid14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2014, 10:29 PM   #10
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 8
Year: 1973
Coachwork: Crown
Chassis: 40 FT Super Coach
Engine: 855 Cummins /250 HP
Re: The First Crown Coach Skoolie-bought from Grandpa Graf

Quote:
Originally Posted by CrownKid14
Ha! Sorry about the pic. Still getting use to the site. I've noticed only a few Crowns around that age with the double rear axle. Is it rare to have? And what are the pro's and con's of that?
Anyone know more about the double rear axle?
CrownKid14 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
NHH 220 pancake in Crown coach questions Vanopolis Cummins Drivetrain 28 01-20-2017 10:24 AM
Locutus' Skoolie Conversion: 1990 Crown Super Coach II Locutus Skoolie Conversion Projects 44 12-29-2014 08:12 PM
1987 Crown Coach 38ft crazycal Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 5 06-04-2013 11:39 AM
Crown Coach tools kyjohn Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 2 12-15-2007 03:33 PM
1971 Crown Coach Conversion chakra Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 1 05-06-2005 02:56 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.