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Caterpillar 3208 Solutions This sub-forum is hosted by Mike Hohnstein who has been at this kind of thing for 50+ years now, guess I'm addicted. The saga has been all about progressively larger shop space since then. Honestly, never wanted to get into the CAT 3208's that were originally considered to be a throwaway engine but that's all that works in a FC in my world. Same thing with my Ford toter, that came with a NA, too much effort to hang in a 6, so been at it with the CAT V-8 for 20 years now. In reality you can get excellent life out of a CAT 3208 if it's built correctly. Post your questions about the CAT 3208 engines here and Mike will try to help you out.

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Hey everyone,
I am very new to my bird but am trying to piece it back together after sitting for a few years. I have just finished replacing the belts and coolant hoses, and reinstalled the radiator. When I went to start the engine, it made a noise like the engine was trying to turn over, but it wouldn't. After a while it would just click. I tried jumping it to charge the batteries, but it still just rumbles like it's trying to turn over. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
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Hey everyone,
I am very new to my bird but am trying to piece it back together after sitting for a few years. I have just finished replacing the belts and coolant hoses, and reinstalled the radiator. When I went to start the engine, it made a noise like the engine was trying to turn over, but it wouldn't. After a while it would just click. I tried jumping it to charge the batteries, but it still just rumbles like it's trying to turn over. Does anyone know what the problem might be?
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