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Jake
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  5:02:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1980-Crown-78-Passenger-School-Bus-/270724931240?pt=Buses&hash=item3f08769ea8

Looks to be pretty nice. 885,668 miles, I'd love to see some of the new buses being produced even TRY to reach that!!

Edited by - Jake on 04/08/2011 05:13:46 AM

08 Thomas EF
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  5:22:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit 08 Thomas EF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
That's quite a bus! I like the LED lighting.

Who makes the HT 740D transmission? If that's automatic, why is there a third pedal? Or was the automatic retrofitted?

What are the 4 filters there? I'm assuming that the one mounted to the engine is for oil. Are the ones on the frame fuel? What about the one all the way to the left?

Edited by - 08 Thomas EF on 03/23/2011 5:22:35 PM
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Buskid
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  5:28:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 08 Thomas EF

Who makes the HT 740D transmission? If that's automatic, why is there a third pedal? Or was the automatic retrofitted?

It's an Allison. The third pedal is for the retarder. The 1969 Crown Supercoach I used to own had the same setup.
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Buskid
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Posted - 03/23/2011 :  5:30:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 08 Thomas EF

What are the 4 filters there? I'm assuming that the one mounted to the engine is for oil. Are the ones on the frame fuel? What about the one all the way to the left?



Yes, yes, and the one mounted all the way to the left is the automatic transmission fluid filter.
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Jake
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  02:32:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/California-Crown-Coach-School-Bus-17-/320676955389?pt=Buses&hash=item4aa9d604fd

1978 Crown, has a midship engine.. very interesting as well!
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bus724
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  05:26:18 AM  Show Profile  Visit bus724's Homepage  Send bus724 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Love the write-up on that 78. If the price were about 1/5 what they're asking and I had 3,000 miles worth of free diesel...
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Buskid
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  07:21:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jake

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/California-Crown-Coach-School-Bus-17-/320676955389?pt=Buses&hash=item4aa9d604fd

1978 Crown, has a midship engine.. very interesting as well!



99% of Crown Supercoaches had mid-mounted engines.

I used to drive that bus in one of its previous lives. It seems to have always been # 17, at least since the time the company I worked for owned it.
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08 Thomas EF
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  11:33:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit 08 Thomas EF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you for all the information, Buskid!
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Buskid
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Posted - 03/27/2011 :  11:48:42 AM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 08 Thomas EF

Thank you for all the information, Buskid!

Any time.
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SteveCof00
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Posted - 03/28/2011 :  12:02:38 AM  Show Profile  Visit SteveCof00's Homepage  Send SteveCof00 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
It's not too bad of shape for being driven nearly 30,000 miles a year for 31 years. Looking at the YouTube video, it looked like the only cosmetic issue (around the fuel door) could be fixed with a power washer. It also has a fairly rare option for a Crown; by 1980, the quad headlights with the corner turn signals had largely disappeared (although it would remain available all the way to the end in 1991).

Apparently this bus has a lot of interest...it already has 29 bids with 2 days left. I'm not sure how many people have gone for the 1978 yet, but my response is the almost the same as above: If it was 1/10th as posted and I had 2000 miles worth of diesel, and enough patience to learn how to master a 5-speed while also mastering Southern California traffic.


http://schoolbusweb.proboards.com/
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Jake
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  05:12:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1988-Crown-Diesel-77-Passenger-Bus-/330551357066?pt=Buses&hash=item4cf6656e8a

'88 Crown. Amazes me how these units have a clutch. Thought i'd share!
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bus724
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  07:48:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit bus724's Homepage  Send bus724 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
No one bid on that 88! Trina called dibs decades ago (literally).
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Buskid
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  08:37:39 AM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, please leave # 32 alone.

It's had a little piece of my heart since 1998, and it's the Crown Bus # 32 behind the "CrownBus32" name-sake I've had online since that time. I rode it on-and-off during High School, and everyone who's worked at Saddleback Valley U.S.D. for any amount of time knows that it's something special to me.

I can't tell you how many e-mails I've received from drivers, mechanics, and school district personnel leading up to this auction going online.

Anyway, to make what could potentially be a long story short, I will be bidding on it.
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Buskid
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  08:42:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by bus724

No one bid on that 88! Trina called dibs decades ago (literally).
Aww, Phil. Thanks. You understand better than most since you were there throughout my Crown riding and driving days.

If a person could ever be in love with an inanimate object, # 32 would be it for me!
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Thomas Ford 85-16
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  2:34:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit Thomas Ford 85-16's Homepage  Send Thomas Ford 85-16 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
GOOD LUCK TRINA! I want you to get that bus!!!

Mike's Bus Yard - http://buses.zwebpages.com - Since 1999
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Jake
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  6:43:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like its gonna be 5 long days for ya! Good luck, i had no idea that was THE #32 when I posted it!
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SteveCof00
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Posted - 04/08/2011 :  8:15:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit SteveCof00's Homepage  Send SteveCof00 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I saw the link elsewhere, which is how I already knew it was THAT particular #32.

It has changed a little bit since the first time I saw it on the Web 12 years ago (back when I didn't know why Crowns looked the way they did; I didn't know why it looked straight out of the 1950s). For being 23 years old, it looks like it is in excellent shape; I hope it makes it to a certain buyer as well.

http://schoolbusweb.proboards.com/
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Buskid
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  5:10:31 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I won the auction!
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08 Thomas EF
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  6:43:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit 08 Thomas EF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Fantastic! *Cheers* It's great to know that such a nice bus will stay in the U.S. and have such a passionate owner and not shipped elsewhere and, well....

We'll be expecting lots of pics/videos.

Edited by - 08 Thomas EF on 04/14/2011 6:44:10 PM
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Jake
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  7:01:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Jake's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've already said this 10 times tonight, but.. congrats!!!!
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Buskid
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  7:39:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 08 Thomas EF

Fantastic! *Cheers* It's great to know that such a nice bus will stay in the U.S. and have such a passionate owner and not shipped elsewhere and, well....

We'll be expecting lots of pics/videos.

I already have an album's worth of pictures from when I was still riding # 32, but I'll definitely continue to share pictures of it from its retirement here at home where it should be, with me!

After fourteen years, I still can't believe that I just bought it.
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SteveCof00
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Posted - 04/14/2011 :  7:49:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit SteveCof00's Homepage  Send SteveCof00 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Awesome! A bus known to a number of us on here now has a secure future by an owner who loves it.

http://schoolbusweb.proboards.com/
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Buskid
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Posted - 04/26/2011 :  9:44:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Buskid's Homepage  Reply with Quote
For what it's worth, # 32 goes home with me tomorrow.

Here's a picture of it from this evening:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stateroad9/5660391200/
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AW
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Posted - 07/18/2011 :  9:32:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Did it make it home?
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BluebirdFreightliner
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Posted - 07/21/2011 :  07:48:56 AM  Show Profile  Visit BluebirdFreightliner's Homepage  Send BluebirdFreightliner an AOL message  Reply with Quote
thats a nice bus! im gonna buy the bus i rode im elementary school!

with Bluebird, ya get alot of bang for your buck.
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