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Old 09-27-2017, 03:27 PM   #1
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Me and my Crown 91

Bought a Crown 1991 yesterday. I'm experiencing the joy and fears of owning a used bus. I need to get out of that transition and into it being legal. Luckily Good Sam helped with one major obstacle. I made it from Bakersfield to Berkeley, that was another. I can imagine the difficulties some people have gone through where you have to ride some gray areas of the law in order to make it legal. I need to park somewhere and I don't have plates for possibly 2 weeks. I might have to go deep into the woods somewhere until I get my registration in the mail. It's kind of silly.

About me. 50 year old dude. Had my hitchhiking years. Torqued my back. 14 years of that and I'm off to a low stress environment that will accept parking an "rv" on the land. Possibly my own acre in Northern NM, we shall see. Not planning on doing extensive driving other than finding and parking on land with the potential excursion if the bus runs good. Been waiting to do something like this for all of my adult life. Amazing forum you have going on here, it has already helped me quite a bit.
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:13 PM   #2
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Enjoy it and after you get 5 or more posts, please put up some PICS!
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:25 PM   #3
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:34 PM   #4
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912 crown... hey thats got to be a REAL CROWN!!!!! cant wait to see the pics!!
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:55 PM   #5
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It's the modernized Crown but I think it's funny how you can barely see that the sides curve under still but ever so slightly.
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It's the modernized Crown but I think it's funny how you can barely see that the sides curve under still but ever so slightly.
I like those the best.
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:07 PM   #7
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The guy who sold it to me is has a small trucking company. I took that as a plus since he knew how to work on motors. He really went out of the way to help me, let me store my car there, tried to give me a car hauler for free but it wouldn't fit. He then offered to have someone custom weld it to fit but there were parts missing and we gave up. He has another bus on Craigslist but not a Crown. He told me a story about a guy that bought a truck for him and then tried to pay for it with thousands of tires. I literally went to his house also and met his family. Was good peace of mind that I wasn't getting a total scam or anything.
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Ok I hope I didn't add any naughty photos by accident. Btw, hello to you too, neighbor in Vacaville. Oh another thing. I love how slow it is. I consider it a plus because I can't be trusted with fast things.
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:25 PM   #9
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I love how slow it is. I consider it a plus because I can't be trusted with fast things.
That is a beautiful bus. I'm not knowledgable about the Crown's, but is that the Thomas-Crown product???

You are already so far ahead of the game. Nice score.
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Old 09-27-2017, 06:30 PM   #10
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wow what a cool bus!! i never saw one like that... super unique and awesomely cool!!
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Ok I hope I didn't add any naughty photos by accident. Btw, hello to you too, neighbor in Vacaville. Oh another thing. I love how slow it is. I consider it a plus because I can't be trusted with fast things.
That is, IMO, about as good as it gets!
Those are amazing machines. Did yours come with a turbo or is it NA?
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Oh I guess that could be true about Thomas. The steering wheel says Thomas and I was wondering why it was on that bus. Here is the ad though. https://bakersfield.craigslist.org/c...312560352.html It says Vendo Crown. He has another bus that is advertised as Vendo Bus Thomas 1990. So I'm confused...but happy. I can remove the ad link if that is wrong to post. Wanted to not confuse things so you can see yourself. ps He didn't remove my ad yet as I write this.
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wow what a cool bus!! i never saw one like that... super unique and awesomely cool!!
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I've bid on a couple, but darn it they're always WAY out west!
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That is, IMO, about as good as it gets!
Those are amazing machines. Did yours come with a turbo or is it NA?
I'm embarrassed to say, I don't know. I couldn't identify a turbo but I'm used to what a car turbo looks like.
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I've bid on a couple, but darn it they're always WAY out west!
If only there were affordable drivers to deliver them reasonably from West to there. What a nice service that would be.
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I'm embarrassed to say, I don't know. I couldn't identify a turbo but I'm used to what a car turbo looks like.
Just look at the engine... The turbo will be just like a car, but BIG.
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If only there were affordable drivers to deliver them reasonably from West to there. What a nice service that would be.
I'd honestly trade both my buses for a nice one of those in a heartbeat!
Does yours have air ride on all four corners? It probably does. Maybe they all did, hell I'm not a full fledged Crown guy. Yet.

Kudos to you. Noob of the year (in a good way) for sure, IMO!!!
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Wow, talk about getting picked up for school in a limo! That bus is Awesome.
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I think crowns wewre made out west? so maybe why there were so many out there.. I never even knew what a REAL crown was till i came here.. I thought they were simply the Carpenter-remakes. (in ohio any crown we had was essentially a carpenter)..

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I'd honestly trade both my buses for a nice one of those in a heartbeat!
Does yours have air ride on all four corners? It probably does. Maybe they all did, hell I'm not a full fledged Crown guy. Yet.

Kudos to you. Noob of the year (in a good way) for sure, IMO!!!
This is accurate. The thing is my brother being a mechanic who lived on both coasts would drive to California just so he could get something without rust. Then I read the posts here about how a modern Crown might not have the iconic look but were still solid in construction. I went to Interwebs and got lucky. I recognized my luck and left for Bakersfield the following morning with cash hidden away in my pickup, in case someone wanted the cash as a non voluntary donation. I was ready for disappointment actually. I have heard about the tough luck stories and was really sweating it actually but willing to deal with it. If noob of the year is a trophy I would gladly hold it up high and proud lol. But yeah, I see how it could have gone much differently. I recently been fixing my old truck and got the confidence up to branch out.

After you mentioned the turbo I realized that I was probably looking for it in the wrong place. Maybe from inside toward the back, I can open that up. atm though, I'm very nervous. I have no plates and the title is being sent via mail, since their actuary was late and couldn't get it to me in time. It has a one way reg which expires at midnight. Like Cinderella. I'm honestly looking for places to hide it at since storage won't take it without all the documentation. Luckily, Good Sam insured me...tomorrow when it goes through. Was going to go the VT reg route but since this was a CA bus with particle canister installed, I might try CA.
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