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Old 05-02-2015, 06:00 PM   #1
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Saving the shortie crown; a rethink a few steps back

I have taken some steps back and regrouped. I found that I was letting something I wanted so badly to take over thoughtful reason. Passion and desire clouded thought. At this moment in time I understand how thoughtless it would be for me to literally Kill a Crown to save a Crown when I can do what needs to be done and preserve both...

I have not foreclosed on the Idea of putting an inline six between the frame rails of the Short 55 Crown and doing the install upright. And fabricating a "hood" in the interior to dampen noise............we have the technology. So I will transport the Shorty to Safety and take my time. It's worth it. It's the last one on earth.

If anyone has the skill set required and the desire to do this install PM me..........we can discuss time and money and Plans.......thanks.

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Old 05-03-2015, 07:52 AM   #2
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Do you want to save it or sell it? Or save it by selling it?

1955 Crown Super Coach 29 Feet Long Comes with Perfect Donor Crown for Swap | eBay
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Old 05-03-2015, 08:43 AM   #3
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Slap something really rad in that shortie.
Cat 3406, perhaps?
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:55 AM   #4
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Slap something really rad in that shortie.
Cat 3406, perhaps?
And post lots of pics of the swap.

Without pics, it didn't happen.

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Old 05-03-2015, 02:29 PM   #5
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Do you want to save it or sell it? Or save it by selling it?

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Brett..............that was pretty much the intent..........to save it one way or the other..........that listing will expire and it will not be offered again.

It was a bad plan and an impetuous one. I have taken a step back. And glad I did. I will get the 55 into storage and take my time. It bothered me getting off two Crowns. One as payment and one as a donor..........when both these Crowns are perfect and turn key...........bad plan.

I'll take my time and rather than end up with a 671 in the Shorty I'll end up with an N14 or a Big Cam Cummins...........I was just so excited to finally found a sub 30ft Crown I let my emotions get the best of me. I'm back now seeing things more clearly. With no time constraints. Thanks for asking Moki..........
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:27 PM   #6
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I wish you the best of luck! Might a suggest a favorite engine of mine, a Detroit 60 Series? They don't get much better.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:36 PM   #7
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great idea, a 2 stroke is cool in it's own pancake kind of way....a big diesel...will be the cats meow..urgh...ROAR!!!!!

I would love see her, with front tires high and torqued over as she assaults the 1/4 mile on the way to the camp ground
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:38 PM   #8
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I wish you the best of luck! Might a suggest a favorite engine of mine, a Detroit 60 Series? They don't get much better.

Thanks Brett. only deal with that is I want to stay fully mechanical. have only had one experience with ECM's and TCU's and C8.3 and an Allison B400 and all the diagnosis and codes and limp mode and all the ancillary stuff..............simply don't want to go there again. And as far as I know the Series 60's are DDEC............otherwise I'm totally with you. And yes they have nearly the same footprint as the 855. But lets face it Cummins did the Series 60 before Detroit or Daimler or whoever they are these days..........And I've owned 4 Crowns with the Big Cam never had problems with them and shoved up into the frame rails of this Shorty, well, should easily cruise the Grapevine at 90...........that works for me..........

Now that I have accepted that it's alright to do a "vertical install" and not be limited to established already pancaked engines a whole new world is opening up to possibilities...................I could go as small as a 8.3 or right up into the 400HP ranges of the Big Cams............so that's where I'm headed. Just thankful I gave up on the notion of sacrificing a couple Crowns to save this one..................thanks for your input..........Moki
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:40 PM   #9
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screw that..... 14 liters are the only way to go
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:47 PM   #10
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screw that..... 14 liters are the only way to go
x2 and a whole lot more.

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