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Old 07-20-2020, 09:23 PM   #1
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Location: Orange County, CA
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Year: 1990
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Chassis: Crown Supercoach II (rear engine)
Engine: Detroit 6V92TAC, DDEC 2, Jake brake, Allison HT740
Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs GVWR
More fun with the Crown Coach Junkies

This is what us Crownaholics and Gilligans did on a nice sunny Saturday in the California desert:

It's about the most fun anyone can have with their clothes on. My bus, the Super II with one of its solar panels extended up, was parked between my friend's 4WD Gillig shorty and American LaFrance fire truck. The fully-restored blue Crown tour bus was essentially just like the day it came out of Crown's factory, perfect in every way, and it's still in commercial use in Northern California. The monster tandem Crown with an overdrive ten-speed isn't a 70 MPH bus - it's much faster than that, and it climbs long 6% grades such as Cajon Pass as fast as or faster than cars! There really isn't any substitute for 14 liters and over 300 HP and a thousand lb/ft of grunt.

John
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Old 07-20-2020, 10:13 PM   #2
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Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: So Cal high desert
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Way cool! Man what a day that must have been!!
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Old 07-22-2020, 01:17 AM   #3
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Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Orange County, CA
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Coachwork: integral
Chassis: Crown Supercoach II (rear engine)
Engine: Detroit 6V92TAC, DDEC 2, Jake brake, Allison HT740
Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs GVWR
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Way cool! Man what a day that must have been!!
Where are you located? Maybe you weren't too far from last Saturday's fun and games?
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Old 07-22-2020, 11:02 AM   #4
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Join Date: May 2019
Location: Southern Maine
Posts: 75
Year: 1988
Coachwork: Gillig
Chassis: Phantom 40'
Engine: DDECII 6V92T Allison MT647
Rated Cap: 37,400 lbs of potential
Wow John, thank you for sharing this. That sure looks like it was fun. Al J's enthusiastic narration is a treat, he's such a dynamic guy.
There was some very impressive iron there, including your Super II looking sharp (if only for a moment)
I hope to one day return my Gillig to the West, perhaps to join-in on one of these meets.
Best to you
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