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Old 06-10-2015, 11:21 AM   #1
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1974 crown conversion

I'm excited to see what input/help I can receive here. My name is Chris and I'm converting a supercoach.
I've gutted her, cut her in half, welded it a foot taller, and started putting the body back together. Here are a few pictures. I regrettably tore out the windshield surrounding and I'm figuring out how to do body work at that level now. It was just too rusted around the windshield. I have cut across the windshield, I'm getting the glass cut a foot taller and going that route.
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Old 06-10-2015, 12:39 PM   #2
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Going to start a crown bus conversion project of our own soon. Best of luck to you, can't wait to see it all come along!
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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Chriscrown, didn't I see that bus just off the freeway close to Arlington road? I remember 2 buses one had an RV style door. Welcome from Cuyahoga Falls.
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Old 06-10-2015, 02:23 PM   #4
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I actually just moved to Cuyahoga Falls myself. The bus was on Arlington road a few months ago too.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:26 PM   #5
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One thing I did different when I raised my Crown was stagger the cuts on the ribs, that way I didn't create a shear line
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:32 PM   #6
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That's how I was originally going to raise mine, but a rusty windshield surround changed that.
Cutting the ribs like that was smart. Too late now... I guess that's why I'm here. Thanks though.
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:32 PM   #7
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I actually just moved to Cuyahoga Falls myself. The bus was on Arlington road a few months ago too.
Nice, I have a white shuttle bus I use for camping and pulling trailer with ATV/SxS. If you see it give me a wave. The bus is usually stored in Goodyear heights but I like to stretch its legs and drive it around now and then.
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Old 06-10-2015, 10:20 PM   #8
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Great job man.

I'm glad you went the bigger windshield method. Your going to love it cruising through the mountains.

Keeping the entire roof in one piece is far stronger than cutting it in it's weakest point above the steering axle.
After all, the roof is the strongest part of the bus. Far stronger than the floor.

I would not worry about the staggered cuts. As long as you did your raise properly, it will never be a issue.

Any detailed pics on how you extended the vertical support ribs?

Looking forward to more pics.

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Old 06-22-2015, 08:41 AM   #9
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Well, I'm debating raising the roof to 18" higher instead of the 12" I just raised it. I'd be able to look out the windows and use the rear door with ease. I took a few photos of the welds and things. I tried to make the window frame myself this weekend, fail. I'll have to have an auto body shop complete that work. I'm tearing out the back seat, it's pretty rusted. I haven't figured out a layout yet, but the bed or bathroom will be in the back. Straightening the panels in the rear has been a pain too. I brought the curve in on the rear top to try and keep the slope. I'm not entirely sure I should learned how to weld on my future home. Oh well. Feedback is appreciated, thank you.
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Old 06-23-2015, 07:22 AM   #10
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Nice to see progress.
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