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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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The racor is fixable,and worth the trouble.
But you have to get it running first,and you have to know how to bleed the air and make it run.
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The 82's did not have an electric pusher pump and need one. Blue Bird added them in 1983.

My '82 was a miserable thing when it would stall at random. Add the pusher pump and it will be much better. Fix the racor too, of course.
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A good option is to replace the Racor with a spin on type, that's the path I choose.
https://www.donaldson.com/en-us/engi...products/fuel/
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I second that. My 82 had that mod already and I added a carter electric pump. It was a different bus after that.

'88 has the factory Racor.... pondering over next options to retain the factory and sometimes annoying water sensor/ear bleeding buzzer.
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On Finns coach we added the electric fuel pump in the filter bay,easy peasy,and required as far as i'm concerned.
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Modern spin on filtering is much easier to service and minimizes places for air leakage. Personally, life has been seamless since moving away from the vintage Cat filtering/priming arrangements.
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Modern spin on filtering is much easier to service and minimizes places for air leakage. Personally, life has been seamless since moving away from the vintage Cat filtering/priming arrangements.
Yep,i agree,toss the hand pump too,it will suck air..
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You guys are way out of my league on this kind of stuff, but I think I remember a thread where the short term solution was to buy a 5 gal fuel can, fill it with fresh diesel, then bypass as much of the suspect plumbing as possible just to see if you can get the engine running. Once you know the engine runs, then you can "fix" your way back to the on-board tank until it flows reliably. Just a thought.

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On Finns coach we added the electric fuel pump in the filter bay,easy peasy,and required as far as i'm concerned.
Randy,

I'm looking at replacing rather than rebuilding the existing primary filter now. Where in the sequence are you gentlemen referring to adding a pump? I like the specs on this Racor with the built in 12V priming pump.

https://www.mddistributorsstore.com/...-for-01/1.html

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I'm looking at replacing rather than rebuilding the existing primary filter now. Where in the sequence are you gentlemen referring to adding a pump? I like the specs on this Racor with the built in 12V priming pump.

https://www.mddistributorsstore.com/...-for-01/1.html

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I put the electric pump between the fuel tank and the filter,it makes changing filters a snap.
The Racor electric pump is cool,but if it goes out on the road where do you get one fast?
Put on a Holley pump or Carter and you can get one almost anywhere.
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