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Old 03-24-2017, 07:46 PM   #1
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1983 crown school bus measurements

Good Evening,

I am new here so apologize if my thread is incorrect.

I want to buy a 1983 crown school bus and convert it into a Retail Store. I want to quote the conversion with a builder and he asked me for the interior measurements. I tried everywhere and I don't find them. Can anyone provide me this information?

Also, Would you recommend this bus for this application? The reason I chose the Crown is because how it looks. It is just beautiful! If you know other similar brand with similar looks please let me know.

I appreciate your help.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:52 PM   #2
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Good Evening,

I am new here so apologize if my thread is incorrect.

I want to buy a 1983 crown school bus and convert it into a Retail Store. I want to quote the conversion with a builder and he asked me for the interior measurements. I tried everywhere and I don't find them. Can anyone provide me this information?

Also, Would you recommend this bus for this application? The reason I chose the Crown is because how it looks. It is just beautiful! If you know other similar brand with similar looks please let me know.

I appreciate your help.
Gillig busses are similar. Both are very well built.

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:37 PM   #3
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Welcome Prorallydriver,

That Crown is a BEAUTIFUL bus. There are some Crown guru's floating around who will likely have information regarding measurements.

As far as suitability to the task, I think it could be a real attention getter. There is a BBQ joint here that has an older Gillig as their dining area and it gets attention.

That said, I hate to see a beauty like that taken off of the road. Especially if it is modified so severly that it cannot be restored. Just my $0.02....

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Old 03-24-2017, 09:07 PM   #4
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My 11 row Crown, the single axel 35 foot version is 28.5 feet behind the driver seat to the rear wall. 7'6.5" across and 6'2" tall in the center. Remember the Crown is widest at the floor, the walls are curved so the higher you go the narrower they get. The roof also has a greater curve than most buses so they are kinda short when standing near the window but nice and tall in the center. This is all off of the top of my head...
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:08 AM   #5
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My 11 row Crown, the single axel 35 foot version is 28.5 feet behind the driver seat to the rear wall. 7'6.5" across and 6'2" tall in the center. Remember the Crown is widest at the floor, the walls are curved so the higher you go the narrower they get. The roof also has a greater curve than most buses so they are kinda short when standing near the window but nice and tall in the center. This is all off of the top of my head...
And the 10-wheeler is five feet longer than the 35 foot model.

I can't say that I have ever seen an 11-row Crown. I have seen 12-16 rows but never 11-rows. You must have really generous knee spacing between your seats.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:50 PM   #6
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Gillig busses are similar. Both are very well built.

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Thank You Sir! They look pretty similar.
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:53 PM   #7
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Welcome Prorallydriver,

That Crown is a BEAUTIFUL bus. There are some Crown guru's floating around who will likely have information regarding measurements.

As far as suitability to the task, I think it could be a real attention getter. There is a BBQ joint here that has an older Gillig as their dining area and it gets attention.

That said, I hate to see a beauty like that taken off of the road. Especially if it is modified so severly that it cannot be restored. Just my $0.02....

S.
Thank You! I understand your valid concern about the modifications. But good news! I am going to restore the bus and keep it beautiful and running. This is not going to be only for display. My plan is to build several mobile stores using the same brand and model. So don't worry! all of them will be in perfect conditions and not heavily modified. I'll send some pictures when I start doing this project. Thank You!
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:55 PM   #8
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My 11 row Crown, the single axel 35 foot version is 28.5 feet behind the driver seat to the rear wall. 7'6.5" across and 6'2" tall in the center. Remember the Crown is widest at the floor, the walls are curved so the higher you go the narrower they get. The roof also has a greater curve than most buses so they are kinda short when standing near the window but nice and tall in the center. This is all off of the top of my head...
Thank You for the information. I got information from the owner and he was very kind to send me the measurements. So in case someone needs them here they are:

Floor width 89"
inside height 76"
length behind drivers sear 32'6"

Thank You!
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Old 03-25-2017, 07:56 PM   #9
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And the 10-wheeler is five feet longer than the 35 foot model.

I can't say that I have ever seen an 11-row Crown. I have seen 12-16 rows but never 11-rows. You must have really generous knee spacing between your seats.
The owner was really kind and sent me the measurements.

Floor width 89"
inside height 76"
length behind drivers sear 32'6"

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Old 03-26-2017, 09:35 AM   #10
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A thought.....

If if is at all practical, I would hope that you shop for Crown's first from transportation operators/school districts in California before looking to private sellers.

Many of the school district owned Crowns are in danger of going to the scrappers to be lost forever. Moving them into private service may save them from being crushed.

"Save the Crowns!"
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