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Old 05-13-2020, 02:31 PM   #1
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Talking Bought us a Workhorse!

My wife and I just bought a 2001 Workhorse P32 8.1L with 67k miles on it!

We flew out to Florida to check it over (the flights were only $15 a person!) then drove it from Fort Myers, Florida to MN and thankfully didn't run into any issues.

Ever since getting to MN we've been so excited we've already started tearing it down! I guess it technically isn't a Skoolie but can't wait to start our bus conversion adventure!
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Old 05-13-2020, 03:08 PM   #2
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Welcome! Looks like a cool rig. How was the gearing for highway driving?
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Old 05-13-2020, 03:41 PM   #3
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Welcome! Looks like a cool rig. How was the gearing for highway driving?
It was our first time driving a bus so we didn't know what to expect. It drove well. We kept it in overdrive the whole time and I only downshifted while going down a slight hill a few times just to get comfortable doing so. I was able to get up to 78 mph on the speedometer then got too nervous and mainly kept it around 65mph. We later found that the speedometer is about 4mph higher than our actual speed
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Old 05-13-2020, 04:23 PM   #4
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What was it's original purpose? Looks like a tour bus or...?
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Old 05-13-2020, 04:28 PM   #5
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What was it's original purpose? Looks like a tour bus or...?
It was owned by the local Florida teen challenge, they would use mostly for shorter spurts but said they would occasionally make a 1 - 2 hour trips in it.
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Old 05-13-2020, 06:27 PM   #6
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Engine: Mercedes 6.4L
really nice looking....really gives you a head start on the conversion.
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Old 05-13-2020, 06:34 PM   #7
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Coachwork: Supreme Corp. Startrans
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Thumbs up Looks very familiar to what we just had delivered... today.

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Old 05-13-2020, 10:32 PM   #8
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Cool looking rig there. Congratulations. Welcome to the Crazy !!
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Old 05-13-2020, 11:10 PM   #9
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Old 05-14-2020, 02:44 AM   #10
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Rated Cap: 71 Passenger- 30,000 lbs.
Both of y'all have cool looking rigs!
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:35 AM   #11
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I really like these.. in my opinion with the service door behind the front seat and the nice large windshield, these give a nice motorhome feel right off the bat..



one word of advice dojt rip out the A/C if you plasn to drive in the summer..

great bus!! ive wondered where to find these for sale. as I'd like to snag one for myself at some point
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Old 05-14-2020, 07:20 AM   #12
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OP: Body is by Goshen, no?

A search for Goshen bus finds a few for sale. I like your the best of the ones I saw.
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Old 05-14-2020, 07:30 AM   #13
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I like the workhorse models because they run the 8.1 with the allison trans.. im not a fan of ford transmissions at all. so the startrans chassis was kind of out for me
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:56 AM   #14
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OP: Body is by Goshen, no?

A search for Goshen bus finds a few for sale. I like your the best of the ones I saw.
Thanks, yes its body is manufactured by Goshen.

For other info on the bus the vin # will pull up Workhorse P30, some pull up a workhorse P32, and https://vincheck.info/free-vin-decoder pulls it up as a Itasca Suncruiser. Any advice out there on why that is?
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Old 05-14-2020, 10:10 AM   #15
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one word of advice dojt rip out the A/C if you plasn to drive in the summer..
Thanks for the advice! I'm nervous to touch the A/C, it has great A/C and no heat, which would be great in Texas but not Minnesota. I just took out the floor condenser yesterday and had to cut the tubes going into and out of the condenser, I'm nervous to start the bus back up in fear of the fluid squirting out of that area, could I get by by connecting those tubes together so things still flow smoothly?
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Old 05-15-2020, 09:04 AM   #16
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Thanks for the advice! I'm nervous to touch the A/C, it has great A/C and no heat, which would be great in Texas but not Minnesota. I just took out the floor condenser yesterday and had to cut the tubes going into and out of the condenser, I'm nervous to start the bus back up in fear of the fluid squirting out of that area, could I get by by connecting those tubes together so things still flow smoothly?
Yes I’m Texas we live by the A/C !!!
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:18 AM   #17
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Yes, shorten and double back the coolant line. You could even run an additional cooler for additional cooling if you choose. I really like the size of your bus. It seems big enough, but also small enough to go anywhere.
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Old 05-19-2020, 12:59 PM   #18
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Yes, shorten and double back the coolant line. You could even run an additional cooler for additional cooling if you choose. I really like the size of your bus. It seems big enough, but also small enough to go anywhere.
Thanks! yep I ended up just connecting line with some rubber tubing and hose clamps
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:33 PM   #19
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Looking forward to following your build.
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Old 05-20-2020, 03:44 PM   #20
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Thatís one sweet looking ride! Congrats!
Donít forget to get in serviced ASAP. If you take care of it it will take care of you!
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