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Old 09-18-2013, 06:40 PM   #21
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

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That is an awesome story.
I second that!
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #22
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x 3 on the story!
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:42 PM   #23
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

Your bus is a beauty. It was a brave thing to drive across the country in a bus.

I would not take mine out that far, although, I did a 520 mile bus drive a few months ago to get to where I am now. It was harrowing. The steering is sloppy.

i have driven across the country 12 times, usually in cars, but once in my 1966 Chevy camper truck that is pictured on my thread. My last trip was last year in a small pickup truck.

That bus that you have is the most beautiful bus. I love it's roundness.

You have done a good thing.
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Old 09-18-2013, 08:56 PM   #24
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

Nice score. Picking up a bus on the other side of the country is part of the adventure. Everyone needs to do it at least once.
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Old 09-19-2013, 06:28 AM   #25
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congrates, love the way a crown looks
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Old 09-19-2013, 09:49 PM   #26
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

That's a nice bus Inkblots! Congratulations ! Glad it all worked out for you. Driving all the way from CA without any trouble is testimony that it's in good shape. This will be a fun project. Please keep us updated with lots of pics.
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:37 PM   #27
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

So where are you at in the conversion, we need photos
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:47 PM   #28
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Re: New Skoolie on the Loose! 1974 Crown Supercoach

So here's the update...

There isn't one! Pulling up the rubber floor in this thing is a nightmare. Whatever they used oh so close to 40 years ago must have been a combination of magic and permanence because this stuff just does not want to leave. On the plus side, the plywood below looks very good.



The plan for today is to remove the curved metal sheeting that runs from the chair rail to the floor. It is screwed into the chair rail, stapled, and some kind of red glue was used to seal it down. Once that is removed we can pull the rest of the remaining rubber up, fill the holes left by the seats and start putting in the plywood and then the flooring, as well as start framing stuff out. We are using the click together wood laminate flooring (it looks like clip board material on one side) in entire bus except the bathroom which will be tile. Any suggestions as the best way to put this stuff in?






We'll also be separating the seats today to take to the scrap yard. Hopefully we'll get a couple bucks we can put back into the bus.



The original plan was to remove the inner skins on the walls and ceiling, insulate, then recover everything. This plan has now changed based solely on the fact that this bus is built like a brick s%#t house! Instead we will frame out the walls and insulate the space available. As a temporary fix for the ceiling we are going to carpet over it. Once we've traveled some and gotten life more sorted out we may revisit the ceiling (especially if we decide later to spend any significant time in New England in winter!). We've also decided to keep the rear heater in place (just clean it up really well) since it's not in the way and still works. Next two weeks are going to be a challenge!

Sorry if these pictures are huge guys, photobucket is not being very cooperative!
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Old 09-26-2013, 01:58 PM   #29
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looks good
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:34 PM   #30
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Forge onward! I'm chomping at the bit to get mine home and get started on IT!
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