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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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Greeting Everyone, I just took delivery of my first Bluebird from MI. I drove approx 2500 miles in a week with only a few electrical gremlins. The 3208 n/a ran extremely smooth, starting without trouble except toward the end of the journey wherer it took several more cranks on occasion. Then, after being parked at home in Phoenix AZ for only a day it now won't start, just cranks but doesn't fire?
During the journey, I noticed a small bubbling fuel leak next fuel filter on the incoming line(below the clamp). Also, I am seeing some fluid collecting in the valley but it doesn't seem to be coming from that line.
I posted on the Wanderlodge Owners Group via FB and have had several recommendations: Throttle rod lip seal for the fuel in the valley, potential Racor issue w/glass box, lacking 12 volts to fuel solenoid?
Any advise is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to wrenching and sorting this old girl out.

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We need to know what year and model coach you have,can you update your signature?
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We need to know what year and model coach you have,can you update your signature?
Thanks Randy. I went with an '82 33-FC RB. No name as of yet. Looking forward to making a donation to your site and keeping this beast rolling.

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The glass filters are a pain to change and keep sealed,and the hand pumps can cause a problem with them sucking air.
The plastic line between the hand pump and the glass filter looks kinked,it could be sucking air too.
It does sound like a lack of fuel to me,from what your saying.
Of course the racor could be allowing air into the system too.


The glass filter looks like its full of fuel,is it indeed full?
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Many places for air to get into the fuel supply. Replumbing would be a good plan. I'd relocate the fine filter in the engine room to the side compartment with the Racor, move the dump hose else where. If no pusher electric pump get one, in the compartment with the filters is fine, key on to power the pump, then you can lose all the trouble that's in the engine room.
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The glass filters are a pain to change and keep sealed,and the hand pumps can cause a problem with them sucking air.
The plastic line between the hand pump and the glass filter looks kinked,it could be sucking air too.
It does sound like a lack of fuel to me,from what your saying.
Of course the racor could be allowing air into the system too.


The glass filter looks like its full of fuel,is it indeed full?
Good eye Randy. That plastic line was crimped on the right when I got it and the square glass filter has about 1/2" of air at the top, but it was like that as well. The hand pump feels very iffy in the seal department when pumping with no feel of fuel sucking.

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Many places for air to get into the fuel supply. Replumbing would be a good plan. I'd relocate the fine filter in the engine room to the side compartment with the Racor, move the dump hose else where. If no pusher electric pump get one, in the compartment with the filters is fine, key on to power the pump, then you can lose all the trouble that's in the engine room.
You make it sound so easy, but I like where you're headed Mike. I'm guessing that adding oil might be made easier too? I topped off about a quart per 500mi.

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Here's a start, might be a Aeroquip supplier in your area, or a race car supply company. Not the place for rubber hose and screw clamps, or compression sleeve type connections.
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You need to change your signature just delete "shopping" and add the vehicle you purchased, 82FC33. That way we all know what you have, this helps us to help you,
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The glass filters are a pain to change and keep sealed,and the hand pumps can cause a problem with them sucking air.
The plastic line between the hand pump and the glass filter looks kinked,it could be sucking air too.
It does sound like a lack of fuel to me,from what your saying.
Of course the racor could be allowing air into the system too.


The glass filter looks like its full of fuel,is it indeed full?
I think the Racor is toast. One of the parts is just laying in the bowl(see picture) This is probably why the Seller told me to add Fuel Clear always, which I did. Should have had it inspected but too late now. Should I repair or replace? Also, the Racor gauge that I though was accurate and fine was an unchanging phantom reading.

I tried priming and starting with no success. Just cranked for a bit. Question: what voltage should the engine voltage be when cranking? Maybe I ran the new batteries down fiddling with the gadgets.

I will be replacing some of the fuel lines with clear as recommended and possibly relocating the fine filter like Mike suggested eventually. Just want to get it started for now and go get it registered. Hopefully I didn't get any air in the nozzles.

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