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Old 08-03-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Any Crown bus owners on this board?

Looking for any Crown bus fans to swap stories and parts. My Crown bus is a 1968 exschool bus. It is currently powered by a Cummins 220hp.. No turbo and not much power. I am preparing to up grade the engine with a 425hp Cummins BC4 and an Allison auto trans. There are lots of changes to be made.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:38 PM   #2
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Since you've had no replys... I wish I had a Crown! When we were in CA the last couple of weeks my head was on a swivel looking around to see if there were any Crowns for sale anywhere (cheap). No luck.
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Old 08-15-2007, 12:17 AM   #3
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Re: Any Crown bus owners on this board?

Hey Frank-

Have you noticed Crown parts getting even MORE scarce now thinks to the legislation in California that's taking them off the road? As I understand it a school can get the full cost of a new bus reimbursed by the state, but they must give up the old Crowns to do so and they must go straight to the crushers...no chance of even pulling good parts off.
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Old 08-15-2007, 05:45 PM   #4
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Leave it to CA to mess up a good thing. When I was in Ferndale I talked to the guys at the bus garage and they said CA has mandated going to seat restraints. I'm curious what that's gonna do because they said seating capacity was gonna go way down.
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Old 05-05-2018, 08:17 PM   #5
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Hi Frank,

I just purchased a 1968 Crown Super Coach last week. I will need help and I am sure it wont take long before I have some stories.

I would be interested in where you find parts and if there are any manuals or specifications on Crown buses out there?

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Old 05-05-2018, 09:26 PM   #6
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I've got a 1954 that I got from a gentleman in Idaho. He converted it in the late 90s to a nice RV but I am gonna use it as a guest house as it's got the OEM engine and trans in it and was cheaper than building a guest house. Where in ID are you, I'm just above Spokane, WA and would love to see another Crown. I don't have much info on it or knowledge but would love to learn more.
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Old 05-30-2018, 01:43 AM   #7
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:57 AM   #8
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can some one post the thread I can't find again that was full of good options for the swap? thanks
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:48 AM   #9
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I've got a 1954 that I got from a gentleman in Idaho. He converted it in the late 90s to a nice RV but I am gonna use it as a guest house as it's got the OEM engine and trans in it and was cheaper than building a guest house. Where in ID are you, I'm just above Spokane, WA and would love to see another Crown. I don't have much info on it or knowledge but would love to learn more.
Great idea to use as a guest house.

I was thinking about the housing issues in CA and instead of CA crushing buses why not make them into tiny houses that don't move?
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Hey Frank-

Have you noticed Crown parts getting even MORE scarce now thinks to the legislation in California that's taking them off the road? As I understand it a school can get the full cost of a new bus reimbursed by the state, but they must give up the old Crowns to do so and they must go straight to the crushers...no chance of even pulling good parts off.
I am looking at buying Crown, but if parts are scarce on a Crown does it make sense to buy something else? I am versed in bus mechanics as as are some here.
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i am as versed in bus mechanics as as are some here.
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i am NOT as versed in bus mechanics as are some here.
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I am looking at buying Crown, but if parts are scarce on a Crown does it make sense to buy something else? I am versed in bus mechanics as as are some here.

The mechanicals on Crowns are off the shelf truck parts that should be relatively easy to find for many years. Body parts and things specific to the Crowns like window trim and such might be harder to find but are still available if you are wiling to spend the time searching.


Other models of bus that are still in production would definitely be easier to find parts for but easier isn't always the best way.


The aluminum body on the Crown's is what convinced me to get one. Plus its the newest bus you can get with the rounded old school body style.
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The mechanicals on Crowns are off the shelf truck parts that should be relatively easy to find for many years. Body parts and things specific to the Crowns like window trim and such might be harder to find but are still available if you are wiling to spend the time searching.


Other models of bus that are still in production would definitely be easier to find parts for but easier isn't always the best way.


The aluminum body on the Crown's is what convinced me to get one. Plus its the newest bus you can get with the rounded old school body style.
Thanks PB&G. I'm in CA so you can find few Crowns here. I just wasn't sure on parts.

I started watching your journey with your Crown. Thanks for sharing with us.
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