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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 Idler pulley adjustment

82 FC 3208NA.

Searched everywhere including John Finn's page. He mentioned it was difficult but didn't say how he got it off, unless I missed it.

Open end 9/16 just wants to slip.

Before I start removing these pipes (or paying someone to remove them), is there a suggestion on a better tool to try?

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Nuts back there. PB Blaster is something you should learn about going by the image posted. Do not disturb the plumbing, not required.
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Thank you Mike.
I didn't even think of the nut back there.
I have plenty of PB blaster here. Will give it a shot.
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Tack weld nuts on the bracket, makes things much easier.
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What I had thought of, but never did, was to take a flat metal strip, line up and drill the holes and weld nuts to it. Then put that behind, that way I could loosen the bolts, adjust the pulley and tighten it without the required contortions to reach the nuts.

I was too slow, Mike beat me to the answer.
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Got it loosened up!
Got the socket wrench in the back, loosened up the nut with relative ease.
Thank you gentlemen!
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