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Old 02-23-2015, 08:23 PM   #101
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I don't like them and very seldom will click on a link for a video.
I live in an area that doesn't really have an option other than to use an air card for internet. Speed isn't to bad most of the time for anything except video. But, I do have a monthly limit that I tend to start getting near about the third week.

I know, I know, I'm probably only one of five people to be in that situation. I think I was only one of two truck drivers that didn't smoke. I also don't drink, smoke funny cigarettes or speak Spanish.
This is a very good point you make, Thanks.....Quite a few folks are probably living out on the road boondocking somewhere and have limited access to wifi or internet. Soon I hope To be one them!

I'll definitely take note of this and post pics of my progress also.
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:27 PM   #102
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Put my vote down for both.
I do like the videos though if only one.
Just better for how I learn

I'd greatly appreciate any documentation of roof raisage.
No real good videos of it on youtube that I've found.
When I do the raise, I'm going to do my best to document it very well.
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:05 PM   #103
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Even though Crowns were sold primarily in the Pacific states, they were built to effectively deal with rusting conditions. Things like using a thick marine plywood floor bolted to the frame instead of a steel floor that would rust.
I hear this all the time, but it just doesn't make any sense to me. Here are the reasons why:

1. The plywood may very well resist salt spray well, but it has to be supported by many steel beams, which will eventually rust if driven anywhere outside of the west coast. Road salt will embed itself between the plywood and beams and do away with them. The plywood alone won't contribute much support to the overall frame to keep things together. I have a sailboat. It has marine plywood. Though better than normal plywood, the stuff doesn't last forever. I have plenty that is in need of replacement.
The galvanized metal floor in my ol' salty Thomas - although rather rusty now - is still incredibly strong. It is essentially made up of about 20+ c-channel beams all welded together with additional 2.25" square tubing every 5 feet or so.

2. Though aluminum doesn't rust, it is still susceptible to galvanic corrosion. This is especially true when in contact with salt and other metals. Wherever insulators have worn through there will be holes in the aluminum and elsewhere (especially around the wheel well) I would expect to see pitting after 15 years driving the mid-west United States or Canada.

3. The place you'll find the most damaging rust is the undercarriage. As far as I know a Crown's undercarriage is all steel, like every other vehicle on the road.

4. I know these aren't as common, but I would DREAD having a Crown with the pancake engine up here. It's in the perfect spot to be constantly splattered with road snot. It's hard enough working with the big chassis bolts once they're rusted. I can't imagine what the engine would look like...



With all that said, I don't think Crown's are of inferior construction by any means, I just don't think they're any stronger (but they are certainly more stylish). Also, it does sound like they're built for specific regions. They do come with neat options, though. Air ride, big engines, 10-speeds, etc..

Now, the fact is that anyone on this forum won't be driving the damn thing as far as it drove during regular service, so one in decent shape should last perfectly well in any part of the world. No chance a local bus company would consider them, though.

Of course, all this must be taken with a grain of salt (hehehe). No Crown's exist out here. Would someone with a Crown drive out to the salt states/provinces and drive a school route for 15+ years please?

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Oops.. sorry this was so off topic. I didn't realize the thread had come so far since this topic was brought up. I just found it in my email
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Old 03-08-2015, 12:01 AM   #104
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Just a quick 1 minute time lapse of of a beautiful winter day and working on Transcendence in preparation for the roof raise. It's best watched on YouTube with full screen.

I'm getting real close to cutting the top, just have to fab the jacking system and get it in place.

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Old 03-08-2015, 11:16 AM   #105
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Very cool, thanks for uploading. You have quickly become my favorite subscription.
I'm definitely not as talented as you are. You make it look so easy, man!
Nice work on the mustang, too.
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Old 03-08-2015, 04:24 PM   #106
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Very cool, thanks for uploading. You have quickly become my favorite subscription.
I'm definitely not as talented as you are. You make it look so easy, man!
Nice work on the mustang, too.
Thank you so much!

I'm sure you have all the talent needed for anything you set your mind to. Just do it....There's no better teacher than failure.

Also....I'm hoping to get part two of the mustang video completed soon. I'm having a real good time learning to edit video. Stay Tuned!!
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Old 03-08-2015, 09:48 PM   #107
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I'm getting real close to cutting the top, just have to fab the jacking system and get it in place.
The scaffold screw jacks I used worked great, and are available for rent or purchase anywhere.

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Old 03-17-2015, 12:20 AM   #109
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Here is a video update of the Roof Raise Tooling and installation.
I'm super close to getting this thing raised! Stay Tuned!

Also.....I'll post some pics tomorrow for those of you who like those also.

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Awesome as usual, keep up the excellent work and videos, man.
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