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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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Default Cat dampener part number

Almost done, just need to install CAC, grill and bumper. If I had even thought this part might fail I would have changed it as PM. Next time I open the front I plan to replace or rebuild PS pump and remove the old AC compressor.

The part number for my dampener is 10R-0715 and it was $400 for a remanufactured one from Cat plus a $200 core deposit. It’s good to have your engine serial number handy for ordering parts.

Will post more once I do a test run and check belts and such. Btw, God bless John Finn. His legacy will continue to help Woggers like me for years to come. So glad I had his handy belt tensioner onboard.
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Nice work Bill, your the hero in this story.
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I love this post and am only sorry I was tied up yesterday or I'd have been up to provide support, only an hour from me.
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Note: I made this a "Sticky" Thread and also added a copy of it to the "!!!ALERT!!! MUST DO MECHANICAL ITEMS FOR YOUR 'BIRD!!" Forum.
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Great job,
this is an ambitious road side repair, away from home.
Not easy on the turbo/CAC 3208 engine.
Hard work someone will sleep tonight.
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Hey Bill, when you get a chance can you explain what you carry with you to deal with the coolant that needed to come out and did you use a impact wrench or just muscle everything. Any tips would be appreciated for having stuff on board to deal with something like this.
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Finished up about 3pm and finished our drive to Charleston SC without incident. Exhausted is an understatement. Slept like a baby. Thanks again to the WOG community for all of the support and encouragement.

Randy and I briefly discussed roadside repairs and the tools/equipment some of us carry as a technical topic for the WOG rally. Something on my mind once we got back on the road was “what else should I look at or replace on my engine as preventative maintenance”?
Kiki, once I get my wind back I’ll be glad to share my experience and roadside “kit”.
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No rush Bill.

Hope you have a good trip and smooth sailing from here to back home.
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Glad your moving again.

I have probably a 300 lbs tool chest I want to whittle down to a few hundred pounds to carry in the bus. Along with spare parts, fix it stuff (hoses and belts) and fluids I am worried I be pushing 500 lbs of stuff. I wonder what the bare minimum (tools) would be (like a damper puller, that I have) to carry, to make a good fix on the side of the road?

I guess I really don't need to carry all the fluids I would need to for a full refill? I could get that most anyplace in a pinch, I once rolled in a main bearing in on the side of the road when my van engine started knocking bad.

I also have several flavors of road side assist. I am an old Boy scout and like to be Always Prepared.

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Carry a new 'race car' starter, new Leece Neville, rebuilt PS pump, injection lines and cylinder head adapters, belts, and now I have a spare water pump idler, that I didn't have last week when the new one failed. Bearings ain't what they used to be.
As far as serial numbers for a 3208, generally oh two zee turns the light on for most turbo applications.
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